On October 17, 2018, cannabis became legal in Canada. But do you know the new rules and regulations? Here are some frequently asked questions about cannabis in Canada to keep you in-the-loop.
Where can I buy cannabis?
Depending on the province or territory you live in, you’re able to purchase from either private licensed stores or government-operated stores. All provinces and territories allow websites for online ordering. Learn more about where to buy cannabis.
What’s the legal age to purchase cannabis?
19, for most provinces and territories. Alberta and Quebec have a lower legal age to purchase cannabis of 18. However, François Legault, Quebec’s incoming premier, says he plans to raise Quebec’s legal age to 21.
How much cannabis can I own?
30 grams, or just over an ounce (1 ounce = 28.35 grams) in a public space. Adults of the legal age in their province or territory may possess up to 30 grams of legal cannabis, dried or equivalent in non-dried form. Most provinces and territories don’t have a limit to the amount of cannabis you can keep at home for personal use.
Can I travel with cannabis?
Yes, but cannabis must be transported in closed packaging, out of reach of the driver and other occupants of the vehicle. Cannabis may not cross the Canadian border. Driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal. To detect drug-impaired driving, law enforcement officers may use field sobriety testing, drug recognition expert (DRE) evaluations, oral fluid drug screens and blood samples. The government promises harsh fines for those who drive under the influence.
Can I grow my own cannabis at home?
Yes, you can grow up to 4 plants per residence (not per person) for personal use in most provinces and territories. However, Manitoba, Nunavut, and Quebec do not allow home growing at all. Growers can’t sell their home-grown cannabis to others.
Where can I consume cannabis?
It depends on where you live. All provinces and territories allow cannabis consumption in private homes. Public cannabis consumption is outright banned in most provinces and territories. However, in some places, like Ontario and British Columbia, smoking cannabis in public is allowed in most places you can smoke cigarettes. Everywhere is different, so be sure to check the laws where you live.
Cannabis laws in Canada are subject to change in 2019 and beyond. Learn the cannabis laws in your province or territory. For more information, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.
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