The first legal cannabis retailers opened at midnight, and celebratory events are popping up all across the country — many of which feature musical performances.
Japandroids and the Dirty Nil are playing the "Up in Smoke Legalization Show" tonight at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Matt Mays sparked up a joint at midnight during the kickoff show of Halifax Pop Explosion, and Edmonton-born pot legend Tommy Chong was trying to get to Kelowna to celebrate (but lost his passport).
Renowned fiddler Ashley MacIsaac even flew back to his hometown of Cape Breton to be the first in line to purchase weed at the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation in Sydney.
In addition to partaking in live events, a number of Canadian music makers have also reacted to the new nationwide laws on social media.
See some of the responses below.
I just bought legal weed!— tanya tagaq (@tagaq) October 17, 2018
Guys I'm so stoned.— Kathleen Edwards (@kittythefool) October 17, 2018
Ok. Now you can all smoke pot.— The Darcys (@itsthedarcys) October 17, 2018
Congratulations Canada to the end of weed prohibition. It is a historic day. I'm in Newfoundland where At midnight will be the first to enter the law. @bssmusic play a free celebration tomorrow. Come find us.— Amy Millan (@amymillan) October 17, 2018
Off to Europe for tour tomorrow and very disappointed that I can't do weed for the first time after it is legalized as it is a substance that I have never used ever before not once I got into jazz music totally stone sober baby woo!— Playoff Baseball Slad (@sladkow) October 16, 2018