For the uninitiated the ins and outs of how to purchase and use marijuana can be daunting. Here, we provide a consumer’s guide to the basics.

Your long weekends, dinner parties, poker nights and book-club meetings are about to get a whole lot more interesting, according to Matt Ryan.

As the vice-president of marketing for National Access Cannabis, a company that provides cannabis education and services, Ryan says he believes the legalization of cannabis, expected on Oct. 17, will change the dynamics of Canadians’ social gatherings.

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Wency Leung ~ TheGlobeAndMail.com