"I'm just so impressed with our project team".
"They stayed up all night working to fulfil the orders and I'm very, very proud of them", he said of those working on the web sales.
Clarke has been dealing marijuana illegally in Canada for 30 years.
The federal government announced Wednesday that legislation will be introduced to waive the waiting period and fee for those seeking a pardon for minor pot possession offences.
USA residents are free to consume cannabis in Canada, but they should leave it behind when returning home, says Erik Altieri, the executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana laws (NORML). "Our kids are going to inherit this system, for better or worse, and I thought it was important for them to see this sea change in Canadian society".
When it arrives at your house, Canada Post will undertake age-verification checks if you appear to be under the age of 25-years-old, as you have to be 19-years-old to legally order cannabis. A festive atmosphere broke out, with some customers lighting up on the sidewalk and motorists honking their horns in support as they drove by the crowd.
"Prohibition has ended right now".
"We need to make sure we are vigilant and we keep and eye on that and properly enforce the laws", said Clinton County Sheriff Dave Favro.
"I can't believe we did it". That event was attended by Bruce Linton, CEO of Canopy Growth Corporation, which owns the Tweed brand.
"It was extremely emotional", he said. However they haven't been officially approved for sale in Canada's marijuana dispensaries. "Young Canadians have the highest usage of marijuana anywhere in the world. criminal organizations and street gangs make over C$6 billion a year on the sale of marijuana across the country". A crowd of 50 to 100 people waited outside and cheered him.
Corey Stone and a friend got to one of the 12 stores that opened in Quebec at 3:45am to be among the first to buy pot.
The products are displayed in plastic or cardboard packages behind counters.
Green Party leader Mike Schreiner also criticized the government for not passing its cannabis bill before legalization.
Mr Trudeau's office have said the prime minister "does not plan on purchasing or consuming cannabis once it is legalised".
A senior government official earlier told The Associated Press that those convicted of possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana would be eligible for a pardon.
At least 111 legal pot shops are planning to open across the nation of 37 million people on the first day.
By the time the store opened up at 10, there were dozens of people anxiously awaiting their turn to enter. Viviana Zanocco of the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, which is in charge of government-run pot stores in the province, said the design was meant to feel warm and inviting.
Trautman expects less potential crossing problems between Canadian provinces and states where cannabis is clearly illegal.
"It is time for Congress to step up and take similar action to harmonize our nation's state and federal marijuana policies".
"We went down the path we went down intentionally because there was pent-up demand from USA institutional investors for exposure to this industry, and I think that interest is being reflected in the stock price and those institutional investors see Tilray as a global pioneer", he said. The change raises questions for US travelers eager to hightail it across the border and light one up.
As Canada welcomes legalization, supply shortages could develop, as happened in some US states when legalization arrived. Tobin, a longtime convenience store owner, said they will be cutting a ribbon and cake. Kamloops City Council voted on the store opening during a meeting yesterday, with a unanimous vote and mayor Ken Christian declaring history had been made.
"Even if you ordered it online today it wouldn't come for a few days", said Larsen.
"There's no money in the product itself", she said. By mid-afternoon some products were sold out. Tracey Lindeman reported from Montreal. Rob Gillies reported from Toronto.