Viewfinder: Marijuana Is Legal in CanadaAuthor:Pacific Standard StaffPublish date:Oct 18, 2018Updated onOct 17, 2018A man smokes marijuana during a legalization party at Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto, Ontario, on October 17th, 2018. Nearly a century of marijuana prohibition came to an end Wednesday as Canada became the first major Western nation to legalize and regulate its sale and recreational use. Scores of customers braved the cold for hours outside Tweed, a pot boutique in St John's, Newfoundland, that opened briefly at midnight, to buy their first grams of legal cannabis. In total, Statistics Canada says 5.4 million Canadians will buy cannabis from legal dispensaries in 2018—about 15 percent of the population. Around 4.9 million already smoke marijuana.(Photo: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)Viewfinder is Pacific Standard's daily photo feature, showcasing one image from the news.