NORTHERN LIGHTS: Canada Becomes Second Nation to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

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Canada became the second nation to completely legalize recreational marijuana at the stroke of midnight early Wednesday morning; allowing shops and markets across the country to sell cannabis to those above the legal age.

“It’s been my dream to be the first person to buy the first legal gram of cannabis in Canada, and here I finally am,” said Ian Power in Canada’s easternmost province of Newfoundland.

Provincial governments have prepared the eagerly-anticipated rollout for months; allowing each municipality to regulate the age and model of distribution. In Quebec, sales will be regulated to state-run stores -much like alcohol.

British Columbia will have just one official store open for business Wednesday.

Canada’s decision raises serious concerns for the United States Border Patrol and Customs Agents, with many wondering how US officials plan to stem the flow of marijuana into border states across the country.

Read the full story at the BBC.