Canada becomes second nation to legalise sale of recreational marijuana

Canadians can now buy, sell and possess recreational marijuana in the country, after it was legalised today.

Hundreds queued in the eastern areas of Canada to be among the first to buy legal marijuana when it became legal at midnight.

Medicinal marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001. Uruguay is the only other country where it's completely legal.

Ian Power began queueing four hours before it went on sale at 8pm local time in Newfoundland, according to the BBC.

Newfoundland is 30 minutes ahead of the rest of Canada, so was the first region to be able to purchase marijuana.

"It's been my dream to be the first person to buy the first legal gram of cannibis in Canada, and here I am," Mr Power told the BBC.

The new law comes with some restrictions. It will be illegal to possess more than 30 grams of dried cannabis in public, grow more than four plants per household and to buy from an unlicensed dealer.