First Man On Queue at Charlottetown's Cannabis Store Couldn't Buy Anything
A man who was convicted in 1974 for possession of Cannabis, was first on the line to buy legal marijuana in Charlottetown. Clayton Tierney said he had arrived at 6 a.m. but found no one lined up, so he went home, to return an hour later.
Despite all his efforts, Tierney was not actually the first customer to purchase legal pot in Charlottetown, due to the fact that he had an expired driver’s licence.
"I wanted to be the first in line,” he told CBC.Ca, I wanted to be the first guy to buy a legal gram."
Despite not being let into the store due to his expired ID, Tierney says it's a big deal. He says he’s just excited at the idea that marijuana could now be purchased legally.
"I've been tired of breaking the law for about 40 years. I can get up today and not worry about breaking the stupid law they've had for so long."
Asked how he intends to source his pot, Tierney says, "If it's cheaper online, I'll buy it online or I'll grow my own." In P.E.I., in addition to buying in the store, cannabis can also be purchased online through a website that went live recently, marking the end of cannabis prohibition on the Island. In addition, adults can grow their own marijuana legally. To order pot online, one would require a proof of age verification and a signature at delivery.
Tierney said he was surprised that the queue outside the store wasn’t longerand speculated that this was due to the fact that there is still a stigma associated with marijuana use.
Zach Currie, P.E.I.'s director of cannabis management, saidthe website started receiving orders as soon as it went live, which he saw as a welcome development.
"We're hopeful that we're expecting a lot of engagement, some excitement and a good presence in our stores as we open our doors and show Islanders the great work the teams been working on over the last year."
The actual first person to officially buy marijuana at Charlottetown's cannabis store was a man named Robert MacNeill and he says everything about the purchase went smoothly.
"I bought some pre-rolled joints and couple of grams of marijuana. It feels good to say it."
Jake Gallant was the second man to make a purchase in the store. He says he had booked two days off work to celebrate legalization.
"I was trying to get one of the first purchases here in Charlottetown but it seems someone beat me to it." He said
In anticipation of the opening of the store, customers had lined up outside the Charlottetown store, some had arrived as early as 7 a.m. By the time the store opened at 9 a.m, there were about a hundred people lined up outside. Customers had reported spending about 90 minutes on the queue before they could make purchases.
Retail store hours will match liquor store hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.