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Canada legalizes recreational cannabis

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Canada became the first industrialized nation to legalize recreational cannabis on Wednesday, but a legal buzz will be hard to come by in its biggest cities. Some, including Toronto and Vancouver, will have no stores open.

Still, it’s a historic day, as adult Canadians will be able to legally smoke recreational marijuana after nearly a century-long ban.

However, provincial governments’ approval of only a small number of shops so far, and a shortage of weed supplied to these stores, means most Canadians’ first toke on Wednesday will likely be of black-market pot. (Reuters)

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Krissy Calkins smokes a marijuana joint at a “Wake and Bake” legalized marijuana event in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo: Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press via AP)


Cafe employees offer coffee to people lining-up to purchase legal cannabis in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo: Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)


People hold up a Canadian flag with a marijuana logo on it outside a government cannabis store in Montreal, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)


A man dances as he waits in line to purchase legal cannabis outside a government cannabis store in Montreal, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)


A customer displays a sealed bag containing legally purchased cannabis products outside of a Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. (NSLC) store in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo: Dean Casavechia/Bloomberg via Getty Images)


A woman and her baby pose for a photo with “Toke-a-roo” on the day Canada legalizes recreational marijuana at Trinity Bellwoods Park, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Osorio/Reuters)


A customer smokes a joint of cannabis he just bought on the first day of legal sale of cannabis at the Societe quebecoise du cannabis (SQDC), the government agency responsible for overseeing the sale of recreational marijuana in the province, outside the store in Montreal, Canada, 17 Oct. 2018. (Photo: Photo by Andre Pichette/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)


People line-up to purchase legal cannabis in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo: Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)


A customer displays a shirt reading “Weed Won” on cannabis legalization day at the Hotbox Lounge and Shop in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo: Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images)


People hold up a Canadian flag with a marijuana logo on it outside a government cannabis store in Montreal, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)


A man makes a glass pipe during a “Wake ‘N Bake” event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. )Photo: Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images)


A customer holding a cannabis product gestures while leaving the Natural Vibe store after legal recreational marijuana went on sale in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters)


People smoke cannabis on the street in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)


Customers line up to purchase the first legal recreational marijuana that will go on sale after midnight at a Tweed retail store in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Oct. 16, 2018. (Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters)


People celebrate at Leafly’s countdown party as midnight passes and marks the first day of the legalization of cannabis across Canada in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)


A depiction of a cannabis bud drops from the ceiling at Leafly’s countdown party in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, as midnight passes and marks the first day of the legalization of cannabis across Canada. (Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)


Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton applauds after handing Ian Power and Nikki Rose, who were first in line to purchase the first legal recreational marijuana after midnight, their purchases at a Tweed retail store in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters)


Customers line up outside the Natural Vibe store after legal recreational marijuana went on sale in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters)


People smoke cannabis on the street in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)


Chrissy Brun looks over a cannabis menu with customers at the Natural Vibe store after legal recreational marijuana went on sale in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters)


Cannabis is seen under a magnifying glass after legal recreational marijuana went on sale at a Tweed retail store in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters)


A customer looks at cannabis on display after legal recreational marijuana went on sale at a Tweed retail store in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters)


A grow technician manicures a plant in the propagation and mothering room at the CannTrust Holdings Inc. cannabis production facility in Fenwick, Ontario, Canada, on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Photo: Galit Rodan/Bloomberg via Getty Images


A worker pours a bowl of manicured buds into a bag at the CannTrust Holdings Inc. cannabis production facility in Fenwick, Ontario, Canada, on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Photo: Galit Rodan/Bloomberg via Getty Images


A worker holds a bag of manicured buds at the CannTrust Holdings Inc. cannabis production facility in Fenwick, Ontario, Canada, on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Photo: Galit Rodan/Bloomberg via Getty Images