Canada Legalizes Recreational Pot: What US Tourists Should Know | TODAY

Canada Legalizes Recreational Pot: What US Tourists Should Know | TODAY


KINKS, INCLUDING WHAT IT MEANS FOR U.S. TOURISTS. FOR U.S. TOURISTS. STEPHANIE GOSK HAS MADE HER WAY STEPHANIE GOSK HAS MADE HER WAY TO MONTREAL. TO MONTREAL.>>GOOD MORNING.>>GOOD MORNING. THEY’RE ALREADY IN LINE HERE AT THEY’RE ALREADY IN LINE HERE AT THE SHOPS. THE SHOPS. SOME HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR HOURS SOME HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR HOURS IN THE RAIN, TO BECOME AMONG THE IN THE RAIN, TO BECOME AMONG THE FIRST CANADIANS TO BUY MARIJUANA FIRST CANADIANS TO BUY MARIJUANA JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT. JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT. BUT THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A BUT THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A FREE-FOR-ALL TODAY. FREE-FOR-ALL TODAY. ACROSS CANADA’S PROVIDENCES AND ACROSS CANADA’S PROVIDENCES AND TERRITORIES, THERE’S LOTS OF TERRITORIES, THERE’S LOTS OF RULES AND CONTROLS. RULES AND CONTROLS. SOME ARE SAYING THIS ROLLOUT IS SOME ARE SAYING THIS ROLLOUT IS AS UNDERSTATED AS THE CANADIANS AS UNDERSTATED AS THE CANADIANS THEMSELVES. THEMSELVES. THE MAPLE LEAF IS TURNING GREEN. THE MAPLE LEAF IS TURNING GREEN. STARTING TODAY, CANADA, OUR STARTING TODAY, CANADA, OUR NEIGHBOR TO THE NORTH, BECOMES NEIGHBOR TO THE NORTH, BECOMES ONE OF TWO COUNTRIES IN THE ONE OF TWO COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA FOR WORLD TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA FOR RECREATIONAL USE. RECREATIONAL USE. FULFILLING A CAMPAIGN PROMISE FULFILLING A CAMPAIGN PROMISE MADE BY PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN MADE BY PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU. TRUDEAU.>>WE WILL SOON HAVE A NEW>>WE WILL SOON HAVE A NEW SYSTEM IN PLACE, ONE THAT KEEPS SYSTEM IN PLACE, ONE THAT KEEPS CANNABIS OUT OF THE HANDS OF OUR CANNABIS OUT OF THE HANDS OF OUR KIDS AND KEEPS PROFITS AWAY FROM KIDS AND KEEPS PROFITS AWAY FROM ORGANIZED CRIME. ORGANIZED CRIME.>>Reporter: TRUDEAU’S>>Reporter: TRUDEAU’S GOVERNMENT ALSO EXPECTED TO GOVERNMENT ALSO EXPECTED TO PARDON CANADIANS CONVICTED OF PARDON CANADIANS CONVICTED OF MARIJUANA CONVICTION. MARIJUANA CONVICTION. IT IS LEGAL COAST-TO-COAST, IT IS LEGAL COAST-TO-COAST, UNLIKE HERE IN THE U.S., WHERE UNLIKE HERE IN THE U.S., WHERE ONLY NINE STATES, ALONG WITH ONLY NINE STATES, ALONG WITH WASHINGTON, D.C., HAVE LEGALIZED WASHINGTON, D.C., HAVE LEGALIZED MARIJUANA FOR RECREATIONAL USE. MARIJUANA FOR RECREATIONAL USE. MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS LEGAL IN 31 MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS LEGAL IN 31 STATES, WITH 61% OF AMERICANS STATES, WITH 61% OF AMERICANS SAYING THEY SUPPORT LEGALIZED SAYING THEY SUPPORT LEGALIZED MARIJUANA. MARIJUANA.>>IT’S AN EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS>>IT’S AN EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS THAT WILL EVOLVE OVER THE NEXT THAT WILL EVOLVE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE YEARS. COUPLE YEARS.>>Reporter: BACK IN CANADA,>>Reporter: BACK IN CANADA, LAWMAKERS HAVE BEEN PREPARING LAWMAKERS HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR TODAY’S DEADLINE FOR TWO FOR TODAY’S DEADLINE FOR TWO YEARS, WITH PUBLIC INFORMATION YEARS, WITH PUBLIC INFORMATION CAMPAIGNS. CAMPAIGNS.>>HOW DO WE TALK ABOUT CANNABIS>>HOW DO WE TALK ABOUT CANNABIS WITH OUR KIDS? WITH OUR KIDS?>>Reporter: CANADA’S LARGEST>>Reporter: CANADA’S LARGEST BANK ESTIMATES THAT LEGAL BANK ESTIMATES THAT LEGAL CANNABIS COULD ADD UP TO $8 CANNABIS COULD ADD UP TO $8 BILLION TO THE ECONOMY. BILLION TO THE ECONOMY. POLLS SHOW WIDESPREAD SUPPORT POLLS SHOW WIDESPREAD SUPPORT FOR THE MEASURE, WHICH FOR THE MEASURE, WHICH PARLIAMENT PASSED IN JUNE. PARLIAMENT PASSED IN JUNE. OPPOSITION POLITICIANS SAY IT OPPOSITION POLITICIANS SAY IT JEOPARDIZES THE HEALTH ANDCANADI JEOPARDIZES THE HEALTH ANDCANADI THIS IS ABOUT THEAAT THEEATRICS THIS IS ABOUT THEAAT THEEATRICS PRIME MINISTER. PRIME MINISTER.>>Reporter: IN OTTAWA, POLICE>>Reporter: IN OTTAWA, POLICE WILL USE A NEW DEVICE THAT TESTS WILL USE A NEW DEVICE THAT TESTS SALIVA FOR THE DRUG. SALIVA FOR THE DRUG. AS FOR FOREIGN VISITORS, IT AS FOR FOREIGN VISITORS, IT REMAIN ILLEGAL TO BRING CANNABIS REMAIN ILLEGAL TO BRING CANNABIS ACROSS THE CANADIAN BORDER. ACROSS THE CANADIAN BORDER.>>DON’T BRING IT IN, DON’T TAKE>>DON’T BRING IT IN, DON’T TAKE IT OUT. IT OUT.>>STEPH, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN>>STEPH, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE UNITED STATES? FOR THE UNITED STATES? ARE LAWMAKERS HERE FEELING THE ARE LAWMAKERS HERE FEELING THE PRESSURE AT ALL? PRESSURE AT ALL?>>Reporter: THEY WILL PROBABLY>>Reporter: THEY WILL PROBABLY FEEL THE PRESSURE, CRAIG. FEEL THE PRESSURE, CRAIG. ECONOMISTS ARE COMPARING THIS TO ECONOMISTS ARE COMPARING THIS TO THE TIME IN THE 1920s WHEN THERE THE TIME IN THE 1920s WHEN THERE WAS PROHIBITION IN THE U.S. AND WAS PROHIBITION IN THE U.S. AND THE CANADIAN ALCOHOL COMPANIES THE CANADIAN ALCOHOL COMPANIES CARVED OUT THEIR PART OF THE CARVED OUT THEIR PART OF THE MARKET. MARKET. THEY BELIEVE THESE CANADIAN THEY BELIEVE THESE CANADIAN MARIJUANA MANUFACTURERS WILL MARIJUANA MANUFACTURERS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THE

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