Early education taught us that weed is bad. Do you remember in school when teachers had a policeman come into your classroom to tell you about how smoking pot (even one time) could kill you? And even if the weed didn't kill you, it would get you hooked on something even worse!
Well, times have changed. It turns out smoking pot isn't quite as bad as everyone once thought. Most doctors now agree that weed is relatively safe, especially compared to alcohol, which causes thousands of deaths per year, and is legal pretty much everywhere in the world. It also turns out weed isn't exactly a "gateway drug" like the scary policemen taught us. People who smoke weed don't do more drugs than the people who smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol. Most people who try weed at some point in their lives do not end up as a regular drug user at all.
And many places around the world are starting to realize this, which is why over the summer, Canada voted on a big decision.
A big thing happened for Canada, recently.They passed a law that made people very happy.
On October 17, 2018, Canada became the second country in the world to legalize marijuana.
via: Getty ImagesThe only other country where marijuana is legal is in Uruguay.
Yep, not even in the Netherlands!
via: Getty ImagesDespite what you may have heard from your friends who backpacked through Europe, and had maybe a little too good of a time munching on special brownies in Amsterdam, Pot is not legal in the Netherlands. Pot has been decriminalized for personal use only and can is consumed in coffee shops.
It was a historic move for Canada.
via: Getty ImagesAnd a lot of people are very excited about the new change.
Like, really excited.
via: Getty ImagesAnd they seem to be a bit sleepier and hungry most of the time.
Though, Canadians won't be able to purchase weed along with their regular groceries.
via: Getty ImagesBut they can buy weed from state-run stores.
And not everyone can buy pot.
via: Getty ImagesIn most provinces in Canada, you have to be 19-years-old to purchase marijuana and 18-years-old in others.
There are restrictions on purchasing.A person can only purchase and possess 30-grams of weed, and they can only grow up to four plants at a time.
Canadians can now smoke pot anywhere where they are allowed to smoke cigarettes.
via: Getty ImagesExcept, they cannot smoke while driving.
In America, pot is still illegal.But recreational use for adults over 21 is legal in nine states, including Washington, DC.
The Toronto Police decided to have fun with the new law.
via: ShutterstockThey tweeted out some guidelines for when you should call the cops on someone who is smoking pot.
They tweeted in anticipation of people calling the cops on people smoking pot.
Asking for directions because you're lost is not a 911 call. Reporting an adult smoking a joint isn't either. Canna… https://t.co/fg1LyBeuww— Toronto Police (@Toronto Police)1539722038.0
Their tweets used real examples of 911 calls.
Asking police to call your friend because you are out of minutes is not a 911 call. Calling about your neighbour's… https://t.co/QtwplqyzWz— Toronto Police (@Toronto Police)1539722345.0
They were really funny.
Asking what to do with your frozen meat during a power outage is not a 911 call. Smelling weed coming from your nei… https://t.co/En8QC5ZCcV— Toronto Police (@Toronto Police)1539730591.0
Some were surprised that people ever called the cops due to weed.
@TorontoPolice @skrattybones You had narcs doing this before today? That's wack!— Jeff Grubb (@Jeff Grubb)1539817375.0
But, don't worry, there was an explanation.
@JeffGrubb @TorontoPolice It was part of the Snitches Get Double-Doubles rewards campaign. Nobody can say no to Tim Hortons— Erron Kelly (@Erron Kelly)1539817639.0
Other people had questions.
@TorontoPolice @DrewCurtis If I am out of cheese can I call 911?— Big Tech Rich 🇺🇸 (@Big Tech Rich 🇺🇸)1539805893.0
Of course, people created memes.
@TorontoPolice https://t.co/emywxqEj5G— r diamondstein (@r diamondstein)1539724844.0
And we've got the GIFs.It is the internet, after all.
Some people were already ready to complain.Not everyone loves the green stuff.
Other people responded that their 911 centers also receive ridiculous calls.
@TorontoPolice @MrTommyCampbell Our 911 gets calls about snakes in yards.. 🙄— Crystal Todd (@Crystal Todd)1539858366.0
People across Twitter had a lot of reactions to the new law.
The day after legalization of weed in Canada. https://t.co/Gf60h7S1GF— Eric Alper 🎧 (@Eric Alper 🎧)1539917272.0
People from other countries made jokes, too.
Me trying to find out if I have any Canadian cousins #CanadaLegalization https://t.co/q0KAakpxta— Flower Children & Co 🌍 (@Flower Children & Co 🌍)1539803636.0
Other people had concerns.
I understand pot is legal in Canada now...but seriously...there is a time and place for it, just like alcohol; not… https://t.co/7rxfAB5tQp— Kelsey Bretecher (@Kelsey Bretecher)1540383408.0
Some people had words of wisdom.Be safe out there, guys!
Unfortunately, there may be unintended consequences for some people.
This 420 Express bus passes every 20 minutes and people are cheering with every pass by. The driver does not look p… https://t.co/OjOrS27OLs— Matthew Riddell Osborne (@Matthew Riddell Osborne)1539808462.0
This girl is a genius.
Canadian girl sells out of cookies in minutes to crowd outside marijuana store https://t.co/fn9yVJGv6T https://t.co/679MN1pyPV— Q13 FOX Seattle (@Q13 FOX Seattle)1539908662.0
Some reports even say that Canada was almost out of weed only one day after legalization.I guess people are appreciative of this new law.
It is a pretty funny concept.
It amuses me so much that the entirety of Canada ran out of weed..— Emily Waters (@Emily Waters)1540004702.0