"They learn irrigation, how to use irrigation, insect control, trapping - " said Alan Unwin from Niagara College, "Students, when they graduate from this program, will have a credential in commercial cannabis production". Legalizing the drug and regulating its sale will help keep it from children, the Canadian government says, along with cutting into black market profits.
Until retail locations are more widely available, some unlicensed cannabis retailers, which have flourished in the years since the law was first proposed, may stay open. In the province of Saskatchewan, a gram costs just over €12.50 ($18.99) per gram.
"It's a historic day", said the 38-year-old man, who gave his name as Steve.
The offense is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. It's now legal for them to light up. They can possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis in public, or its equivalent.
Others balked at the relatively high prices - ranging from Can$5.25 (US$4.02) in Quebec to Can$18.99 in Saskatchewan per gram - compared to the black market that saw average prices plunge in the a year ago to Can$6.79 per gram.
On opening day, attendants in green aprons will be explaining various weed aromas - lemon, skunk and diesel - as well as the intensity of THC in each product, which causes the psychotropic effects associated with cannabis.
So right now may be the best time to invest in Canadian cannabis before it starts getting even more expensive. Illicit cannabis means it was sold, produced or distributed by someone who was not allowed to do so.
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"Municipalities will have a one-time window to opt-out of permitting cannabis retail stores within their municipal boundaries and they can enact by-laws that further restrict smoking cannabis beyond the provincial minimum standards in places like parks. At a time when so many resources are already being spent to discourage recreational tobacco use, it is hard to comprehend the disregard for public safety entailed in legalizing marijuana, which is arguably much more unsafe".
Canadians can travel with up to 30 grams of cannabis on domestic flights within Canada, but they cannot bring any of it with them when crossing worldwide borders. With pot still illegal on the federal level in the U.S., Canadian firms will have an advantage in attracting investors, said Sam Kamin, a University of Denver law professor whose class "Representing marijuana clients" covers the legal and practical realities of the pot business.
That goes for the other direction too.
Canada needs to "take a deep breath" as USA states such as Colorado and California did not have a seamless system at the outset either, said Cam Battley, chief corporate officer for licensed producer Aurora Cannabis.
Who's betting on Canadian marijuana? Under the Cannabis Act, it's illegal to distribute marijuana to an organization. In most provinces, adults can grow up to four plants, but not Quebec or Manitoba-and in British Columbia you can be fined or jailed if your cannabis plants are visible from a public space.
The first legal sales in the province were already occurring on the website of the Quebec Cannabis Corp., known by its official French name the Societe quebecoise du cannabis, or SQDC.