October 17, 2018 9:50 am
Updated: October 17, 2018 7:58 pm

Lines at Calgary pot stores as cannabis legalization goes into effect

WATCH: Pot stores across the country are opening their doors, including Calgary's FOUR20 Premium Market. Lines started out small in the early morning, but quickly grew to about 100 people. Doug Vaessen was there live for the marijuana milestone.

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Calgarians queued up at the city’s only two legal Cannabis stores after legalization took effect 12 a.m. Wednesday.

Lines at the Four20 Premium Market downtown started out small in the early morning, but by about 9:30 a.m. about 100 people were in line.

The store’s CEO and president said the local business community has welcomed his store with open arms.

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“So far the community partners around us are very excited that we are here. We are an anchor tenant now. We will be bringing business into the area, which is fabulous for our local tenants here also,” said Jeff Mooij, CEO and president of the Four20 Premium Market. “I think the mass amount of people coming here is going to be very positive. Much like it was for our job fair.”

Some people lined up as early as Tuesday afternoon outside this Calgary cannabis store in anticipation of legalization day on Oct. 17, 2018.

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Mooji admits getting the business ready for legalization was a challenge, but is said this is just the beginning for the industry.

“We are still kind of flying the plane as we build it. There is no doubt there are going to be some changes. These are baby steps,” he said. “This is an unbelievable time.”

Rick, who wouldn’t give Global News his last name, had been standing in line at the 420 Market since about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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Rick said he had fun talking to the people in line at the Four20 Premium Market.

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“I’m glad I came down. It’s been fun meeting and talking with all the people,” he said. “I’m ready to go in and see what they have. It’s really interesting to be a part of this.”

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