Canada became the second and largest country with a legal national cannabis marketplace .
Tom Clarke, an illegal pot dealer for three decades, was among the first to make a legal sale in Canada when his store opened at midnight (02:30 GMT) in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland.
“I am living my dream. Teenage Tom Clarke is loving what I am doing with my life right now,” he told The Associated Press.
Canada follows only Uruguay in legalising recreational cannabis nationwide.
At least 111 legal pot shops are planning to open across the nation of 37 million people on the first day, according to an AP survey of the provinces. That is a small slice of what ultimately will be a much larger marketplace.
No stores will open in Ontario, which includes Toronto. The most populous province is working on its regulations and doesn’t expect stores until next spring.