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It’s Legal Weed Wednesday All Over Canada

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David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief

Marijuana is officially legal throughout Canada Wednesday. The bill comes just weeks after the Trudeau government negotiated a place for Canada in the recently-signed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA).

Last week, Canada’s justice minister admitted that when assessing whether one is driving under the influence, judging marijuana impairment depends on a “case-by-case” basis. (RELATED: Trudeau Government Says Judging Marijuana Impairment Depends On ‘Case By Case Basis’)

Since THC, the judgement-impairing drug found in marijuana, is stored in the fat cells and not the blood, it cannot be detected in the same manner as police determine the presence of alcohol. Meanwhile, Canada’s police association is complaining that some of it members won’t be allowed to consume marijuana during their off-hours. (RELATED: Canadian Police Association Calls Restrictions On Soon-To-Be-Legal Pot Smoking An ‘OutrightProhibition’)

Despite all the hoopla, a new poll released Tuesday from Nanos Research and conducted for CTV News found that 71 percent of Canadians were “not interested” in smoking marijuana while a mere eight percent were “interested.” The remainder were equivocal in their feelings toward the drug.

FILE PHOTO: A man smokes marijuana during an annual 4/20 rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo.

“Governments have spent decades demonizing smoking, and even though they’ve legalized something and allowed for smoking marijuana I don’t think that means that there’s going to be a new renaissance in how people feel about smoking in general,” pollster Nick Nanos told CTV News.

Despite that, pot smokers looking for legal weed on Wednesday should expect shortages. Cannabis producer Aphria Inc. told CBC News that “supply chain issues” could leave many marijuana outlets sold out.

Various-sized joints for sale are pictured at the annual 4/20 marijuana event at Sunset Beach in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada April 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

“There will not be any complete satisfaction by any of the provincial regulators out of the box. “The pipeline fill is not going to be there. But that’s just the short term,” Aphria CEO Vic Neufeld told CBC.

“Sold out signs” should be expected he said.

Maybe that’s because almost half of marijuana users indulge their habit daily, suggesting pot is a highly addictive drug.

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