SEATTLE - More than two dozen countries have relaxed their marijuana or other drug laws, and a number could consider legalizing in the not-too-distant future. The South American nation of Uruguay was first to legalize marijuana in 2013, and Canada became the second on Wednesday. Here's a look at other nations that could be influenced by Canada's legalization:
Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:
VANCOUVER - A coalition of groups concerned about the health risks associated with marijuana is calling legalization a "dark day for Canada."
Members of Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada, Air We Share and Airspace Action on Smoking and Health tried to share the message from the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery Wednesday, as pro-pot hecklers shouted over them.
Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:
NASHVILLE - A Tennessee inmate who won a last-minute reprieve sparing him from execution last week may be running out of options, and a new date with the death chamber could be set as early as the end of the month, court records show.
Winnipeg police issued a ticket on the first day of cannabis legalization.
TORONTO - As tens of thousand of Ontarians purchased cannabis through a government website on Wednesday, some users in Toronto preferred getting their pot from unlicensed dispensaries that remained open despite the threat of criminal prosecution.