Breakdown Of Each Province’s Rules For Marijuana Legalization In Canada

With the Canadian federal government’s desire for a July 2018 legalization date and an upcoming Senate vote in June quickly approaching, we thought it would be a great time to outline and breakdown each province’s rules when it comes to recreational marijuana.

Ontario

Age of purchase and legal consumption: 19+
Available At: Government-operated storefronts and online sales.
Ability to grow your own? Yes, up to four plants.
Consumption Rules and Restrictions: Only on private property, subject to landlord restrictions.
Other: 40 cannabis stores to open by July 2018, 80 by 2019, and 150 by 2020.

Find more information on Ontario’s marijuana laws: here.

Quebec

Age of purchase and legal consumption: 18+
Available At: Government-operated storefronts and online sales.
Ability to grow your own? Not allowed.
Consumption Rules and Restrictions: Only where tobacco is allowed. (Exceptions: Universities, CEGEP campuses.)
Other: Six companies to provide Quebec with cannabis during first year of operation.

Find more information on Quebec’s marijuana laws: here.

British Columbia

Age of purchase and legal consumption: 19+
Available At: Government & privately-run storefronts, and online sales
Ability to grow your own? Yes, Up to four plants.
Consumption Rules and Restrictions: Not allowed in cars, places frequented by children, and wherever tobacco is restricted.
Other: Landlords able to restrict cultivation and smoking on their properties.

Find more information on British Columbia’s marijuana laws: here.

Alberta

Age of purchase and legal consumption: 18+
Available At: Privately-run retail stores and government-operated online sales.
Ability to grow your own? Up to four plants, subject to landlord restrictions.
Consumption Rules and Restrictions: Not allowed in cars, places frequented by children, and wherever tobacco is restricted.
Other: No possession limits for private residences.

Find more information on Alberta’s marijuana laws: here.

Saskatchewan

Age of purchase and legal consumption: 19+
Available At: Privately-run storefronts and online sales.
Ability to grow your own? Up to four plants, subject to landlord restrictions.
Consumption Rules and Restrictions: Only on private property, subject to landlord restrictions. Restricted use around minors.
Other: For first three years of legalization the number of retail licenses issued will be limited.

Find more information on Saskatchewan’s marijuana laws: here.

Manitoba

Age of purchase and legal consumption: 19+
Available At: Privately-run storefronts and online sales.
Ability to grow your own? Not allowed.
Consumption Rules and Restrictions: To be determined.
Other: Municipalities have power to vote to ban cannabis stores in their community.

Find more information on Manitoba’s marijuana laws: here.

New Brunswick

Age of purchase and legal consumption: 19+
Available At: Government-operated storefronts and online sales.
Ability to grow your own? Yes, up to four plants.
Consumption Rules and Restrictions: Only on private property and in private residences.
Other: 11 cannabis stores to open in July 2018.

Find more information on New Brunswick’s marijuana laws: here.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Age of purchase and legal consumption: 19+
Available At: Privately-run licensed storefronts and government-operated online sales
Ability to grow your own? To be determined.
Consumption Rules and Restrictions: Only on private property and in private residences.
Other: Cannabis retailers to be announced in May 2018.

Find more information on Newfoundland and Labrador’s marijuana laws: here.

Nova Scotia

Age of purchase and legal consumption: 19+
Available At: Government-operated storefronts and online sales.
Ability to grow your own? Yes, up to four plants.
Consumption Rules and Restrictions: Only where tobacco may be smoked, subject to landlord restrictions.

Find more information on Nova Scotia’s marijuana laws: here.

Prince Edward Island

Age of purchase and legal consumption: 19+
Available At: Government-operated storefronts and online sales.
Ability to grow your own? Yes, up to four plants inaccessible to minors.
Consumption Rules and Restrictions: Private residences with some exceptions for public spaces.
Other: Four government-owned retail locations for cannabis in 2018.

Find more information on P.E.I’s marijuana laws: here.

Northwest Territories

Age of purchase and legal consumption: 19+
Available At: Privately-run liquor stores and government-operated online sales.
Ability to grow your own? Yes, up to four plants.
Consumption Rules and Restrictions: On private property, trails, highways, streets, roads and in parks when they are not in use for public events.
Other: Marijuana will initially be sold in existing liquor stores, with possibility of cannabis-only stores in the future.

Find more information on the Northwest Territories marijuana laws: here.

Yukon

Age of purchase and legal consumption: 19+
Available At: Government-operated storefronts and online sales.
Ability to grow your own? Up to four plants (out of public sight).
Consumption Rules and Restrictions: Only on private property, subject to landlord restrictions.

Find more information on the Yukon’s marijuana laws: here.

We hope this helps shed some light on some of the rules and regulations that are set to take place in each province when marijuana becomes recreational this summer.

Our team of dedicated TrueChrons are currently monitoring the situation and will release any additional updates as they become of available!

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