Everything You Need to Know About Canada’s Cannabis Legalization

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This morning, legal cannabis finally becomes a reality in Canada, as the Cannabis Act has finally taken effect.

However, a policy patchwork across the country’s provinces and ongoing political tussles have left many confused as to what Canada’s new legal cannabis system will actually look like. We break down some of the frequently asked questions.  


Who Can Legally Smoke Cannabis in Canada Now?

Canada’s Cannabis Act allows those 18 and older to purchase cannabis, either online or from retail stores. However, all the provinces except Quebec and Alberta have raised the minimum age to 19, to conform with the drinking age. (In the U.S., states that have legalized cannabis have an age limit of 21, also matching the drinking age.)

How Much Cannabis Can Adults Possess in Canada?

The federal law sets a 30-gram limit for sales or for possession in public. That’s just over an ounce, which is the possession limit in all but one of the U.S. states that have legalized. (In Maine, the limit is 2.5 ounces, or 71 grams). The law sets no limit on residential possession, although some of the provinces have imposed such limits. The limit for residential possession in British Columbia is set at one kilogram. (These rules also only apply to non-medical cannabis, with medical marijuana under a separate system.)

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