Linton said he was excited to tender the first sale at the Tweed store across from a provincial courthouse, where countless cases over the years have dealt with cannabis-related charges.
Marijuana became legal across the country at on October 17.
Citing reports from an unnamed government official, Campion-Smith writes that according to the official, the exact details of how Canadians can apply for pardons will be announced in the near future. At 2:00 a.m., they are required to close their sales for the night, and wait until morning to open for their first full day of business.
"Now that our neighbour to the north is opening its legal cannabis market, the longer we delay, the longer we miss out on potentially significant economic opportunities for OR and other states across the country", he said in a statement.
Clarke has been dealing marijuana illegally in Canada for 30 years.
Due to Newfoundland's unique timezone, stores on the island had the opportunity to open their doors half an hour earlier than anywhere else in Canada.
Tara O'Reilly, another customer who lined up for the big day, said she doesn't use cannabis personally but she came out to be a part of the historic moment.
"We are just ecstatic", she said.
The Liberals have been working closely with provinces and territories to strike the right balance on regulations to undercut the illegal market, Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair said Tuesday. For instance, there are still some places in Canada where you can't smoke pot in public, and some provinces have outright banned growing it at home. The brick-and-mortar stores would be privately-run.
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.
Some health care professionals in Canada have said they are afraid of the consequences of legalizing marijuana.
Just look at what's happened already, in the run-up to legalization.
Trevor Fencott, chief executive of Fire and Flower, said his company has 15 Alberta stores staffed and ready to sell marijuana, but the province has supplied only enough product to open three of them Wednesday. "We're doing it because we know it's not good for our children", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on the eve of the reform. "The prices are very comparable", Thomas Clarke, owner of THC Distribution store, said.
She doesn't expect to make much money off the pot itself, noting Newfoundland's 8 percent cap on retail pot profits.
Accessories like rolling papers, pipes and bongs may also be sold there. "That's not even paying someone's salary".