A midnight ‘Bud Drop’ in Toronto to celebrate the passing of laws allowing recreational cannabis use in Canada

Canada has became the first major world economy to legalize recreational marijuana use, beginning a national experiment that will alter the country’s social, cultural and economic fabric, and present the nation with its biggest public policy challenge in decades.

Across  the country, government-run stores were preparing to greet consumers, who will be able to choose among pre-rolled joints, fresh or dried marijuana flowers and cannabis oil — all of which are permitted under the new federal law.

Canada Makes Marijuana Legal, and a National Experiment Begins (New York Times)

Canada legalises marijuana for recreational use (RTÉ)

Pic: Getty

Meanwhile…

Yesterday.

Revenue officers at Portlaoise Mail Centre seized 3.5kgs of cannabis resin – with a “street value of €21,000” – in a parcel which originated in Thailand.

Reefer madness foiled again.

Rollingnews

22 thoughts on “O Canada

  1. Starina

    Nice one! Go Canada.

    Now if CBD oil could just be a liiiiiittle bit less expensive here, that’d be great.

  2. Ian-O

    I see AGS are still making up ‘street values’ so RTE can regale us with the heroics of stopping a container truck and searching it.

    Yawn.

  3. Bruce_Wee

    Genuine Question, should we legalise or at least decriminalise Drugs in Ireland? I’m for yes given the taxation and remove of illegal components….only a matter of time?

    1. Ian-O

      Legalize, regulate and tax is the only way forward. Habitual addicts taken off the streets to secure medical facilities but treated as being ill as opposed to criminals, massively increased penalties for illegal trafficking and so on. We might need to cultivate a heroin poppy crop but as it can also be used for medical grade diamorphine that’s a bonus. Some study find that pure, medical grade heroin in decreasing doses can be very effective in treating addiction but the reality is that addiction is merely a symptom of an emotional and/mental health issue and we know how low the state values mental health services. Having a chat with your mother in the car is hardly an effective treatment for the type of issues that lead to heavy addiciton.

      Or we can just stick with our current laws as they stand, much more likely.

      1. Starina

        +1 not sure about the poppy fields but yes on legalization, regulation, taxation and rehabilitation.

    2. max

      It would be a great way to get the youth back into agriculture and rural Ireland… Imagine all the budding entrepreneurs

      1. SOQ

        The impact of legalised weed will be much more than that. People will still need to socialise but it is bound to hit alcohol sales which in turn will mean less social issues like violence.

        It will be interesting to see if people’s taste in music alters to any extent in Canada now

  4. JunkFace

    A far less dangerous drug than alcohol, also very popular worldwide. It makes total sense to legalise it, financially, from new Tax gains to ending the War on drugs (most wasteful war ever, no impact) therefore doubling the financial gains.

  5. johnny

    Ireland has the highest rate of chronic depression in the EU,with an alarming increase in the abuse of prescription benzodiazepines, opioids and similar drugs.Alternatives such as CBD are been tested and showing very promising results in treating depression as opposed to opioids.

    “Prescriptions for Oxycodone in Ireland increased from 47,262 in 2006 to 122,611 in 2016, an increase of 159 per cent”
    IT.

    First step is to legalize medical use under strict criteria, then relax or loosen these, medical marijuana is legal in 31 states in the US,rec in 7 soon to be 9-Nov ballots.

    “Ireland had the highest share of its population reporting chronic depression (12 %) and double-digit shares were also recorded in Portugal, Germany and Finland. The proportion of people reporting depression was less than 4 % in the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania.”
    https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/en/web/products-eurostat-news/-/EDN-20181010-1

    Well done Canada,come on Ireland time join the modern world.Its a great industry with mainly eco/green alternative types involved, utilizing state the art green buildings and energy systems.Ireland has it all to be a major player in the EU in this industry and should not blow this once in a lifetime opportunity

      1. johnny

        can’t stop, won’t stop…….
        If you had a shred off self esteem you’d stay away from my posts,but you can’t can you:)

        1. SOQ

          Well, the southern Irish is keen on the old gossip as you know, we call it News.

          Are you in NYC, LA or Colorado at the mo? You’d surely not be engineering cannabis growing plants in all three?

  6. johnny

    WTF you want or need you sad old queen?

    My address,you already tried meet me at some pathetic sad loser bar in Montauk,told you I don’t mix with the help, ski season open’s on Thanksgiving you can find me at The Little Nell in Aspen-if they let you in
    .
    In LA my hood is West Hollywood,or weekends its Joshua Tree,you can normally find me at Laurel Hardware,Santa Monica Blvd. a few nights a week, or The Ace in Palm Springs.

    In NY I hang in Soho/West Village try The Mercer Hotel, weekends in the Hamptons its Nick and Toni’s.

    I’m 6’2″ cropped short hair, exercise fanatic,dont drink,dont smoke,vegan and running one the fastest and largest growing indoor farm companies in US.Way out your league in every respect, in fact if it wasn’t for being on here we would never meet, you would not get in or feel comfortable anywhere I go.

    Any more idiotic questions-your constantly trying infer or imply that this is all made up, its actually not why would I bother, your obsessed with me.Every day you seek engagement and or arguments, its all about your insecurities and YOU,all the time.I have nothing in common (bad pun) with you, no interest in you or with engaging with you, none whatsoever.

    For the last time stay of my posts.

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