Tweed and Smiths Falls harold historic legalization of pot

Bruce Linton, CEO of Tweed holds a brown bag holding marijuana product on the steps leading to the walking tour of the manufacturing process. Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow applauds to the left. Photo credit: Stacey Roy.
Posted on: October 17, 2018

Stacey Roy

Cheers rose up alongside applause all around for the company, the activists, the town and the country that made legalization of marijuana possible Oct. 17, 2018.

“This is an historic day for Canada”, added Bruce Linton, CEO of Tweed inside the company’s Smiths Falls education centre today. “We should all be very proud”.

Canada celebrated from coast-to-coast. Linton was at Tweed’s first retail location in St. John’s who is touting the first marijuana sale in Canada at five seconds past midnight, and Linton has the receipt to prove it. This receipt will find a home with other pot artifacts in the company’s local education centre in the near future. A sign of Canada’s leadership position in the industry and the possibility for tomorrow.

For today, Linton and his team were content to celebrate the victory of legalization. The CBC has reported that between midnight and 2 a.m. Tweed’s St. John’s store sold $10,000 of product. Linton acknowledged the likelihood of selling out of product for the next while, jokingly asking staff to return to work.

Mayor Shawn Pankow was on hand to celebrate with the town’s most successful business and recalled the days in 2013 when Linton arrived in town and they welcomed him not entirely knowing what the future would be.

“You turned our frown upside down”, Pankow said.

Linton confirmed Smiths Falls will always be the headquarters of Tweed.