Not sure what everyone thinks a NFL athlete man punching a woman was going to look like, but here it is.Good job, good effort, OU. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
In November, Oklahoma State snagged the commitment of Snow Junior College defensive tackle prospect Fua Leilua, a three-star recruit who has experience and could fill an immediate need along the defensive line.Since then, however, several suitors have emerged for the junior college prospect — which has him re-considering his options.Among those interested in his services are Arizona State, Utah State, Texas Christian, and Oklahoma State. He is lining up recruiting visits to the four respective schools before making a final decision. Utah State and Arizona State have officially jumped on board, while TCU is interested but have yet to make an offer.At this point, Leilua is still committed to Oklahoma State. However he is still keeping his options open in regards to his recruitment. He is expected to sign on to his next school on Feb. 1. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Oklahoma State has a proud heritage of game-changing wide receivers and a lot of them had some pretty memorable games. That’s why this list was not an easy one to narrow down. The criteria here is an amalgamation of most historic, most impressive and most memorable.Here are the first five of our countdown.10. Alex Loyd – Oklahoma A&M vs. Kansas – October 22, 1949The first game on our list probably wasn’t memorable for anyone reading this since it occurred 68 years ago. But it was impressive and definitely historic. Alex Loyd played end and linebacker for Oklahoma A&M from 1945 to 1949, making him a freshman on the undefeated team that was awarded a National Championship a year ago.During his senior season, he paved the way for receivers to come. In a 55-14 loss to Kansas — this was a different era — Loyd hauled in a record 16 catches for an unheard of 178 yards. That season, Loyd led the team with 47 catches for 657 yards, earning All-Missouri Valley Conference honors. Oklahoma A&M would finish 4-4 in Jim Lookabough’s final season as head coach.Why it matteredThis was a different time in college football. This type of receiving production was flabbergasting. In fact, this was just the seventh 100-plus yard receiving game in OSU history. That 178 yards stood as a school record for 21 years until Hermann Eben tallied 179 yards against Kansas State in 1969. Loyd’s 16 receptions is still a single-game Cowboy record.9. Curtis Mayfield – Oklahoma State vs. Nebraska – October 21, 1989In the wake of the departing dynamic duo of Barry Sanders and Hart Lee Dykes, the Cowboys predictably regressed in 1989. They went from 10 wins to four in Mike Gundy’s senior year but there were still some important moments and milestones.Curtis Mayfield was the Cowboys’ leading receiver that season with 879 yards and four touchdowns. He was the fastest player on the team and even earned the nickname “Cadillac” in high school for his smooth running style. A sub-4.40 guy, Mayfield also led the Big 8 in kick return yards in 1989 with 576.His career game came in a record-setting, yet losing effort to No. 4 Nebraska. Mayfield caught six receptions for 208 yards and two scores. That’s efficient. He still ranks third at OSU in career yards-per-catch average behind only James Washington and Adarius Bowman.Why it matteredThat 208-yard performance stood as an Oklahoma State single-game record for 13 years. An all-time great surpassed that mark in 2002 — stay tuned. Two of his four receptions ended in the end zone — a 65-yard pass from Mike Gundy and an 85-yarder from backup Earl Wheeler that tied a school record for longest passing play to date. The Cowboys lost the game 48-23 but Mayfield’s 305 all-purpose yards still rank 10th-best for a single game in OSU history.8. Hart Lee Dykes – Oklahoma State vs. Wyoming (Holiday Bowl) – December 30, 1988We sometimes skim over Dykes when rattling off the great receivers to have come through Stillwater. It’s probably just a case of recency bias. But the All-American was an all-time great. He is the all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns in Big 8 history. He recorded 18 100-yard games. When he left Oklahoma State, he held nearly every receiving record in the books.Why it matteredDykes’ 163 yards in the SeaWorld Holiday Bowl wasn’t even his career high. But it makes the list for its significance. This was before every game was on TV and we broke down every play on Twitter. In fact, during this — the most historic season in Oklahoma State history to date — only four games were televised. Plus, in 1988, there were 17 bowl games, and they just mattered more to people.Barry Sanders had been named the Heisman trophy winner early that month. This was the last ride for the dynamic duo and they took full advantage, drumming No. 15 in Wyoming in San Diego 62-14.Most importantly, this capped off the greatest era in Oklahoma State football to that point. It also put an exclamation point Pat Jones’ last winning season in Stillwater, and thus began an 8-year bowl drought for the Cowboys.7. James Washington – Oklahoma State at Texas Tech – October 31, 2015James Washington has had some memorable moments during his time at OSU but this game helped cement him as one of the top receivers in the country. Washington touched a football only four times during regulation in Lubbock and he had 200 yards and two touchdowns to show for it. Not much to argue here.Washington followed this one up with another game that could just as easily be in this spot, when he went for 184 yards and three scores on just five catches against TCU.Why it matteredThe Cowboys were 7-0 when they headed down to Lubbock. They were just one week removed from the Homecoming tragedy and found themselves in serious jeopardy of suffering their first loss of year. In the first half, Tech had all the answers. Each time the Cowboys seemed to be gaining a foothold in the game, Pat Mahomes would make a crazy play or Jakeem Grant would break loose for a field-long score.After some reported shower huddles at halftime, OSU came out renewed and pushed ahead thanks to heroic performances from several Cowboys. But Washington was the MVP hitting the Red Raiders with two second-half back-breakers — a 75-yard reverse play that ended in the end zone and a 73-yard score from J.W. Walsh that gave the Cowboys breathing room late. OSU kept the streak alive and headed home with their eighth-straight win against Tech.6. Dez Bryant – Oklahoma State vs. Houston – September 6, 2008Dez Bryant sliced up the Cougars’ defense to the tune of 236 yards and three touchdowns — and he did on only nine catches. This was a decent Houston team that went 8-5 that year and ended the year with a bowl win over Air Force. Zac Robinson had one of the better passing games of his career with 320 yards on 21 attempts and three touchdowns. Dez also returned three punts for 75 yards and another score.Why it matteredThis was really the Dez Bryant coming out party. To this point, Dez was still the buzz-worthy young receiver without a national following. He had punched a couple of 100-yard tickets his freshman year — including the Cowboys’ 49-33 win over Indiana in the Insight Bowl — but he wasn’t a household name yet.That 2008 season really laid the groundwork for the Cowboys as a high-powered offense. After this win, the Cowboys continued to a 7-0 start, and finish with 9 wins for the first time in 20 years. They’ve come short of that win total just once since then.Stay tuned for Nos. 1-5. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Wayne Jones, Owasso safety, spurns OSU for K-StateThe 247Sports crystall ball strikes again. OSU was the favorite for Owasso standout Wayne Jones, a 2018 safety prospect. But on Tuesday night, he committed to Kansas State over OSU, Illinois, and Michigan State.“I had my mind made up the first day I went there,” Jones told Scout. “I knew I wanted to go to K-State.”Jones says he wants to major in engineering and the Kansas State program has exactly what he wants to study.OSU has one safety commitment in the 2018 class in Kanion Williams and is still pursuing Delrick Abrams and is still in the mix for Taye Barber, Israel Mukuamu, and Rodney McGraw. Top wide receiver target set to drop list of top schoolsFour-star wideout Ja’Marr Chase of Archbishop Rummel, Louisiana, will drop his list of top schools on June 1 he told Scout. Arkansas, Tennessee and Ole Miss are coming at him the hardest in regards to his recruitment. But LSU, his in-state school, figures to be at or very near the top.OSU was in his list of top 11 schools when he made his initial cut, but as it stands now, may be on the outside looking in as it fights an uphill battle in an SEC war. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect.Four-star athlete cuts schools and includes OSUHouston area standout Miles Battle made a cut to his schools on Tuesday from 30 to 12, and Oklahoma State made the initial cut. Battle is a 6-foot-4 2018 prospect who OSU has offered as a wide receiver. Also on his list: Oregon, Texas, TCU, Ole Miss, LSU, Mizzou, UCLA, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor and Mississippi State.Battle earned first-team all-district honors as a junior last season, and is rated as a top-300 national recruit. He had 74 receptions — 14 that went for touchdowns — and logged 1,049 yards, according to his HUDL page.Running back recruitment struggles continueThe top prospect at running back in the state of Texas, Carthage’s Keaontay Ingram, committed to the University of Texas on Tuesday. He chose Texas over OSU, Houston, USC, Florida State, Oregon, LSU, etc. etc. He had 30 scholarship offers before shutting down his recruitment.“The reason why I picked Texas,” Ingram explained in an interview with Scout, “is because as soon as I stepped on the campus, you know, it felt like it was home. Even though I haven’t been to too many places, I felt like it was home. There was a trust factor there and so was the relationships. I just felt the love from the players there as well.”Ingram’s commitment marks an unusual drought on the recruiting trail at running back, having last picked up a commitment on May 8 of 2016 from Chuba Hubbard, a 2017 signee. Ingram was OSU’s top target. However, Texas was long considered the favorite to land him.Said Ingram: “The only thing I asked out of all colleges was to keep it real with me. I felt like they did that the best.”OSU is still in the mix for Georgia running backs James Graham and Lyn-J Dixon.2019 defensive back Jamal Morris offeredBush High School’s Jamal Morris picked up his fifth offer of May on Tuesday as he announced OSU extended one, joining Michigan, Iowa State, Houston and Baylor in pursuit of him. Morris is a four-star safety in the Class of 2019 nearing double-digit offers from a school that has produced well under Mike Gundy including Russell Okung and most recently Emmanuel Ogbah.Morris, as a sophomore last season, recorded 43 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, two forced fumbles, and six pass breakups. He will no doubt be rocketing up recruiting boards this summer and into the fall if he continues his production.2020 Oklahoma offensive lineman Andrew Raym offeredAn obvious advantage of an uptick in talent in Oklahoma is that OSU gets an early look at it and a better chance to evaluate before they become national recruits. Such is the case for 2020 offensive lineman Andrew Raym of Broken Arrow High School, who reported the offer from Henson on Tuesday.Raym is officially uncovered in the state of Oklahoma, having now garnered offers from Oklahoma, Tulsa, and now OSU — and in that order. He’s a 6-foot-4, 275-pound tackle for the Tigers who has also gathered offers from Memphis and SMU, and is likely to be a top prospect nationally. Soon.
Chris Carson continues to impress coaches and teammates. That’s good news as the Seattle Seahawks’ seventh-round pick competes for a spot on the 53-man roster.In addition to praise from Pete Carroll, Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin has now jumped aboard the praise train according to ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia.Doug Baldwin said Chris Carson is the most polished rookie RB he’s ever been around. “He has all the tools,” Baldwin said. The Seahawks seventh-round pick continues to make waves at training camp. [ESPN]The pro-bowl receiver had similar praise for Tyler Lockett two years ago prior to his rookie season. So we can probably trust his judgment when it comes to evaluating young talent.AdChoices广告“I’m really excited about this guy,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said recently. “Really have high hopes for him. We’ll see how he does. We’re just getting started. He’s a very physical runner in the style that we like. You can’t tell all of that here because we’re not finishing the runs with tackling. But I know it’s in his background, and we keep chirping at him, and we’ll see it happen when the time comes. We might have a really competitive guy at that spot.”Final roster cuts have to be made by September 3 and if the talk around fall camp is any indicator, Carson has a real chance to make the team. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Juventus chief Paratici admits Mandzukic could yet move this weekby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus chief Fabio Paratici admits Mario Mandzukic could yet be on the move this week.Mandzukic was not in the Juventus squad for victory at Hellas Verona.The striker’s agents are still negotiating with Al-Rayyan, while Al-Gharafa are also keen.“The situation is stalled a little,” said Paratici. “We have time until September 30 for the Qatar transfer window to close and then we’ll see.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Tom FennarioAPTN National NewsThe third day of the Quebec inquiry hearings in Kuujjuaraapik, Nunavik continued on with a familiar theme Thursday – the frayed relationship Inuit in the province have with their own police force.One Inuk witness who testified publicly but asked the inquiry to be kept anonymous, told the story about an unflattering incident between police and a man threatening to take his own life.He recounted that in 2014, three police officers confronted an unarmed suicidal Inuk man with their guns drawn.“They were all yelling, whatever you do don’t shoot him,” was how the witness described bystanders around the incident in which no one was harmed. “I had never seen a police man dealing with a suicidal person, I don’t think it’s their job.“I think it’s social worker’s job to deal with suicidal people.”The witness said that police wouldn’t allow anyone to talk to the man even though they knew him well.“That’s what happens a lot, we find quite a few policemen shooting people who ask for help. Whoever is in trouble would be shot too often.The law in Nunavik is upheld by the Kativik Regional Police Force.They are technically an Indigenous police force – but only three of the 48 patrol officers are Inuit.Since July of 2016 they have been involved in 11 incidents where Inuit have died or have been seriously injured. That’s 55 times the rate of Montreal police when taking into account population size.The anonymous witness wasn’t the only one to bring up the Kativik police.(Johnny Anautak breaks down while testifying at the Quebec inquiry. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)“Our police station is very disgusting,” testified Johnny Anautak.Anautak went on to say the police jail in Akulivik hasn’t been cleaned in two years, and that the air is so foul that social workers gag when they enter.He said police also proposition women in the jail .“There were some few cops, when they arrest women, they say ‘if you want to be released, we could do this, we could have sex and I could just release you.”Anautak broke into tears during his testimony when describing a deadly night in June 2017.His cousin Ilutak Anautak stabbed three family members to death before being killed by police.Johnny Anautak testified that his aunt called police about Ilutak’s behavior beforehand – but they were slow to act.“If they did their job, he wouldn’t move from house to houses, he wouldn’t have killed more people,” he said.Anautak also touched on his own experiences in Quebec’s prisons where he says Inuit are given inadequate resources compared to other prisoners and are treated differently.“In the Inuit sector, we are mistreated,” he said.“They call us dogs.”The Quebec correctional system was also part of Leah Unaluk’s testimony in the afternoon.Unaluk, a court worker and first responder, testified that there are not enough support for people in prison or after care to prevent them from re-offending.“If they come back home, I would want a budget for them to go out in the land, it’s because it’s very peaceful,” she said.The lack of mental health resources in her home of Puvirnituq is painfully evident to Unaluk where earlier this year her nephew took his own life.He was one of 11 to have died by suicide this year in Puvirnituq alone.“We lost too many now,” she said. “One is already enough.”Next week the Quebec inquiry will travel to Kuujjuaq, where the topic of suicide prevention will be discussed with health officials and the chief of Kativik police is also scheduled to [email protected]@tfennario
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Atlantic City’s most spectacular casino flop is getting another chance under new ownership and a new name.Colorado developer Bruce Deifik said Monday he had purchased Atlantic City’s former Revel casino hotel from Florida businessman Glenn Straub for $200 million. He plans to reopen it this summer, around the same time the former Trump Taj Mahal casino will reopen nearby under the Hard Rock brand.The former Revel will be called the Ocean Resort Casino. Deifik called the purchase “a dream come true.”But the news raises a sobering question for a gambling resort that only recently regained its equilibrium following the shutdown of five of its 12 casinos: Might the sudden reintroduction of two large casinos create the same conditions that led to the wave of shutdowns in the first place?Revel’s sale was finalized Thursday afternoon, during a blizzard, a fitting development for a project with a turbulent history. It cost $2.4 billion to build, yet lasted just over two years before shutting down, never having come close to turning a profit.Deifik is undeterred.“We are incredibly excited that we were able to take advantage of the opportunity to acquire this tremendous property at a time when Atlantic City is seeing great economic strides,” he said. “The former Revel property opened at a time when Atlantic City was still in economic recovery, and operationally it just did not cater to the customer base for this destination.”One new amenity Deifik plans is a sports book facility that would operate if New Jersey wins its U.S. Supreme Court case to legalize sports betting.He said the casino will employ 2,500 to 3,000 people. It has 1,399 hotel rooms. The gambling area will offer 100 table games and 2,200 slot machines.Deifik said he plans to bring back some of the restaurants that were popular at Revel, along with some new ones, including an Asian noodle bar. He also plans a high-end players’ club.Deifik is president and CEO of Integrated Properties Inc., which owns 103 commercial properties in five states, including the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort in Palm Springs, California, and several office and retail centres in the Denver and Phoenix areas.Analysts are mixed on whether Atlantic City’s seven operating casinos can handle two more competitors. Some say the reopenings could hurt smaller casinos and possibly lead one or more to close, but others are optimistic the new offerings — particularly the music-themed, globally known Hard Rock brand — can bring new customers who otherwise would not have travelled to Atlantic City.Revel opened in 2012, with no less an aim than to rewrite the rules of success in Atlantic City’s casino market. It eschewed bus-riding, buffet-patronizing day trippers in favour of a hoped-for clientele of Wall Street traders, hedge fund execs and the highest of high-rollers. It was the only Atlantic City to ban smoking.None of it worked.The $13 million in casino winnings it took in its first month ranked it near the bottom of Atlantic City’s 12 casinos — a spot it would occupy for its two-year existence. It went bankrupt twice, choking on massive debt it couldn’t come close to paying, and closed on Sept. 2, 2014.Straub, a Polo-loving multimillionaire, bought it for $82 million from bankruptcy court and then fought with state officials over whether he needed a casino license. He said Monday he bought Revel “to keep and not to sell.” But he quickly tangled with government regulations at the local and state levels that he said frustrated his plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to help redevelop Atlantic City.Straub sold the property for $118 million more than he paid for it, but he incurred large expenses while keeping it closed.But what Straub described as burdensome red tape are rules that all Atlantic City’s other casino owners comply with. And a significant portion of his expenses involved legal fees incurred in fighting government regulations with which he disagreed.Straub said he retains more than 60 Atlantic City properties, with which he plans to “be a spark for catalyzing positive economic movement in Atlantic City.”The closest he got to reopening Revel came with the partial installation of a rope-climbing course in what used to be the casino’s port cochere area. But even that modest venture failed and was ripped out while half-finished.Before settling on a reopened casino and hotel, Straub floated a wide variety of proposed uses for the property. They included a water park; condominiums; a health-themed spa; an equestrian facility; a so-called “tower of geniuses” where the world’s top minds would gather to tackle society’s problems, and a temporary home for Syrian refugees.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC
TORONTO – Cannabis was “flying off the shelves” in retail outlets and online stores across the country as Canadians looked to make their first-ever legal purchase of recreational pot and participate in the historic cultural moment.Less than 24 hours after Canada became one of the few countries around the world to legalize cannabis for adult use, some private retailers were either sold out of supply or were tending to long lineups and expected to run out by the end of the day.Newfoundland and Labrador cannabis retailer Thomas Clarke said he sold out of his cannabis supply late in the afternoon on Wednesday, and he doesn’t anticipate receiving more products until next week.He opened his store, Thomas H. Clarke’s Distribution, at midnight in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, N.L., but was turning away customers by the afternoon.“Most of my friends and people who were gonna come today were going to come after work and now I gotta let down thousands of people, which is really bad for business and for my nerves,” said Clarke.He said he sold out of the 100 pre-rolled joint packages 30 minutes after midnight. Canopy Growth Inc. and Aurora Cannabis were the only two suppliers in the province with products available for the first day of sales, he added.Wednesday marked the opening of what’s expected to be a massive market for legal sales in Canada — as much as $4 billion in the first year, according to a report from consultancy Deloitte.Still, Canadian investors were less enthusiastic than consumers, as many of the industry’s biggest players saw their stock prices fall on Wednesday.Canadians eager to make their first legal purchase of recreational cannabis were met with long lineups at retail stores, technical glitches online and a relatively limited product selection.Jimmy’s Cannabis in Martensville, Sask., had a lineup of more than 100 people at one point and had processed more than 200 orders by mid-afternoon, said co-owner David Thomas.“We ran out of one strain, so we still have plenty, but it will go fast here,” he said, noting his supply might run out if demand continued at the same pace.Meanwhile, the Natural Vibe on Water Street in St. John’s was only selling ingestible cannabis oils, after selling out of all other cannabis products at around 11:30 a.m.Most Canadians’ first purchase of legal adult-use pot will likely be online, as there were relatively few retail stores ready on Wednesday. What’s more, the stores are unevenly spread across Canada’s vast geography. While Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick had around 20 stores open in each province, some of the most populous provinces, such as British Columbia, had just one location ready. Ontario won’t have any physical stores until next year.Shopify Inc., whose e-commerce software had been chosen by provinces including Ontario and several private retailers, said Canadian cannabis websites were processing roughly 100 orders per minute. The websites powered by Shopify also processed “hundreds of thousands of orders” in less than half a day, added company vice-president Loren Padelford.Alberta’s cannabis sales portal saw a wave of traffic after it went live at 12:01 a.m., prompting the Alberta, Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis commission to put online customers into a virtual queue to avoid an outage.“While the site had been rigorously tested, the surge of users quite simply exceeded our expectations,” said a spokeswoman for the commission. By 12:50 a.m., the queue had cleared and by 11 a.m. it had processed more than 5,000 orders.The Ontario government’s website OCS.ca — currently the only way to buy cannabis legally in Ontario — was running smoothly, but drawing mixed early reviews on social media. While there was product available, the number of dried cannabis items listed online continually shrunk throughout the day.In the legislature on Wednesday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said the website handled over 38,000 orders after it launched.Meanwhile in Winnipeg, a private cannabis store was struggling to keep up with online demand as well.Gary Symons, with Delta 9, said 100 orders were processed in the first minute or so when the company’s website went live at midnight and the online store was sold out by 4 a.m.“Our product is literally flying off the shelves. I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said. “If demand keeps up like this, there is some thought that we could run out of some of these products.”Industry players and watchers had warned to expect product shortages at the outset. Licensed producers and retailers have said it has been a compressed timeline for such a complicated endeavour.Think-tank C.D. Howe warned in a report last week that current supplies of cannabis in the fourth quarter would only meet between 30 and 60 per cent of total demand, but it said the shortages would be “short-lived” as more producers are licensed and production capacities expand over time.These supply issues were “widely expected” as it is a “brand new marketplace,” said Allan Rewak, the executive director of the Cannabis Council of Canada, which represents licensed medical marijuana producers.“Over the coming weeks and months we’ll see more variation in products available through the various Crown options and private options. … And it’s simply a result of a brand new stream coming online.”Despite the bumps in the initial rollout, many consumers were ebullient at simply being able to buy a drug that had been prohibited in Canada for nearly 100 years.At one of the six retail shops that opened in Edmonton on Wednesday, “cannistas” at Fire & Flower Cannabis helped customers make their selections and punched their orders into tablets.“The store’s beautiful,” said Curtis Hrdlicka, the first to walk out of the shop carrying a Fire & Flower tote bag. “It’s a mix of a pharmacy and a jewellery store.”When the doors of the cannabis store in Kamloops, B.C., opened at 10 a.m. local time, the line had grown to a few dozen people and a cheer erupted from the crowd. It was the province’s first and only government-run cannabis store and Craig McCarthy drove for two hours from Chilliwack to be there, arriving at about 2 a.m.He has been smoking cannabis for 20 years and normally purchases a form known as shatter from an illegal dispensary. He said he’ll buy marijuana online from now on instead of purchasing illegally.“I’m just happy it’s finally here,” he said. “It’ll absolutely change my life. It’s like a feeling, a weight lifted off your shoulders, when you’re constantly hiding it to a degree.”— with files from Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, Laura Kane in Kamloops, Kevin Bissett in Fredericton, Stephanie Marin in Montreal, Steve Lambert in Winnipeg, Chris Purdy in Edmonton, and Michael Tutton in Halifax