Everything You Need to Know About Canada’s Cannabis Legalization

Oct 17 13:10 2018 Print This Article

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.)

Read More

About Article Author

Cannabis Now

  Categories:

Related Items

Slowly but Surely, Efforts Mount to Expunge Old Cannabis Convictions

A cannabis conviction can follow you around even after you’ve done your time or paid your fine. Your record may come back to haunt you when you apply for a job or an apartment, even if you live in a state when the “crime” you committed is no longer a crime. But change is coming, slowly, for a ...

Ohio Finally Begins Medical Marijuana Sales After 2-Year Delay

After years of waiting, Ohio patients finally have access to medical marijuana as of Wednesday morning, when the first legal sales of medical marijuana are set to take place. Back in June of 2016, Gov. John Kasich signed H.B. 523, making Ohio the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana, with the w ...

Michigan Brewery Becomes Part-Time Cannabis Lounge, In Search of Legal Loopholes

Although marijuana is now legal for recreational use in 10 states — in many places regulated “similar to alcohol” — cannabis consumers in those jurisdictions still do not have the same freedoms as many social drinkers enjoy on a regular basis. Aside from a few minor exceptions, the concept ...

Canopy Growth Corp gets new $70.00 price target at GMP Securities

Canopy Growth Corp’s (Canopy Growth Corp Stock Quote, Chart TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) entrance into the US hemp market has spurred analyst Martin Landry of GMP Securities to double his international sales forecasts for the cannabis company while upping his target price, reaffirming his “Buy” recomm ...

Alterna helps Ontario cannabis lottery retailers meet AGCO deadlines

TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2019 /CNW/ – Alterna Savings and Credit Union Limited (Alterna) is helping the Ontario cannabis retail lottery winners meet an ambitious Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) deadline of January 18th, 2019. The lottery selection was made on January 11th, but the winner ...

HR 420, a Bill to Deschedule Cannabis, Has a Decent Chance of Passing This Year

The latest bill to legalize cannabis at the federal level is the first to be introduced to the 116th Congress, which opened at the start of the year under new Democratic House leadership. The odds for its passage look better than for previous such efforts. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced t ...

Kentucky Republican Smoked Marijuana, Changes Mind About Legalization

It has been said that all that really needs to happen to further the marijuana legalization movement in the United States is to get all of the pot-hating naysayers stoned for the first time. Then these political figures, religious zealots and cold-fish conservatives could see for themselves that we ...

The biggest surprise of Lift Expo 2019

The Lift and Co. Cannabis Expo, which bills itself as “Canada’s Biggest Cannabis Expo”, was last weekend at the Vancouver Convention Centre and the place was packed tighter than a joint and abuzz with excitement-  what else would you expect at the very first Lift Expo since Canada legalized ...

China’s Cannabis Sector Is Primed to Expand, Amid Harsh Anti-Drug Policies

The People’s Republic of China is well-positioned to dominate the global market in the therapeutic cannabinoid CBD, and its business leaders and scientific establishment are hoping to make good on this, despite a deeply entrenched political taboo against cannabis. China is the top exporter of ind ...

Medical cannabis companies will be the clear winners in the pot sector, Paradigm Capital says

Aphria’s (Aphria Stock Quote, Chart TSX, NYSE:APHA) latest earnings report is a sign that cannabis companies focusing more on the medical marijuana market may do better than companies with all their eggs in the rec weed basket, according to sector analyst Rahul Sarugaser of Paradigm Capital. Amid ...