Cannabis has been legalized in Canada on October of 2018 and over the last year, provinces are grappling with restrictions on enforcing the distribution and laws surrounding cannabis.
It’s important to know that the laws are generally the same throughout Canada. The minimum age of consumption is 19 on average with an ID requirement. Cannabis can also be purchased online across Canada where age verification on websites is typically enforced to enforce visitors meet the legal age requirements. ‘
Individuals can carry up to 30 grams of dry cannabis or equivalent and most provinces allow personal cultivation up to 4 plants. However, there are subtle differences among select provinces. In this article, we’re going to look at the differences with respect to the minimum age requirements, where you can purchase cannabis and how much you can grow. The minimum age requirement in Alberta and Quebec is currently 18. Quebec will be the only province in Canada to raise its legal age to 21 in January 2020.
Cannabis is typically purchased in stores across Canada; in most provinces, it is only accessible through Government retail. Some provinces do allow the sale of cannabis through privately licensed stores such as Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland, Saskatchewan, and Ontario.
Personal cultivation across Canada is acceptable of up to 4 plants except for Quebec and Manitoba where they have made it prohibited for households to grow any cannabis. ‘
Each province also has restrictions and regulations on where cannabis can be consumed. While most have assumed that the laws were going to be similar to smoking however it is treated similarly to alcohol. For example, it’s illegal to drive after consuming cannabis which is why most provinces have banned cannabis consumption in motor vehicles.
British Columbia and Northwest Territories are two provinces that have to allow cannabis to be consumed on trails so you can enjoy a nice nature walk while high. Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Quebec have allowed it in areas wherever tobacco can be smoked. For the most part, all provinces have made it so that it’s not acceptable to consume around school zones or public areas.
All provinces allow cannabis to be consumed within private residences however for those in apartments or rentals it can be tough as it is up to the landlord.
Cannabis has been widely embraced across Canada for legalization however smaller communities typically do not want stores located in their area. In the town of Stouffville, Ontario where the population is around 44,000; proposed shops were given the green light despite pushback from residents.
Whether you’re a resident or traveling to Canada, it’s important to understand the cannabis laws in Canada depending on the province you plan to visit.
For those looking for cannabis tourism in Canada, it’s recommended to travel to British Columbia which has always been the ‘Weed Capital’ of Canada where it more acceptable and accessible for those looking to get high. Cannabis retail stores aren’t difficult to find in BC and provide a wide range of products from dry herb, edibles concentrate and more. Plus, you can always take a stroll through a nice trail while enjoying a spliff.