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Cannabis Regulation in Canada’s 10 Provinces: Here’s What You Need to Know

Ella Hughes

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When Canada’s plans to legalize recreational marijuana sprung into existence, people did not take it seriously, as many citizens thought it was a political scheme to convince voters. It was not until Wednesday, October 17, 2018, that many were convinced as Canada became the second country globally to accept the use of said plant.

As stores make their way, those interested need to bear many things in mind. For instance, what might the cost of purchasing marijuana be from province to province? Other factors worth mentioning here include supply and demand, age requirements, amount allowed in one’s possession, etc.

A recent post shared by news outlet, CBD Testers, explores these very factors, which have since been broken down for the public on a provincial basis. Here’s an overview of what has been collected in terms of information:

Law/LicensingAgeGrowing at HomeOnline SalesStores/Outlets
AlbertaTobacco law18+Up to 4 plantsWith government permission65, with 250 on its way
British ColumbiaTobacco law19+Up to 4 plantsWith government permissionNo cap on number of stores allowed
ManitobaPublic use restricted19+None6% on income from retail purchasesRestricted
News BrunswickPrivate property only19+Up to 4 plantsWith government permission20-government backed stores
Newfoundland and LabradorPrivate property only19+Up to 4 plantsWith government partnershipN/A
Nova ScotiaCertain public places19+Up to 4 plantsLiquor Corp.12
OntarioCertain public places19+Up to 4 plantsN/AN/A
PEIPrivate property only19+Up to 4 plantsPEI Cannabis Management Corp.N/A
QuebecTobacco law18+NoneN/AOn and Off
SaskatchewanNo Public19+Up to 4 plantsPrivate distribution schemeLicensing Issues

As seen in the summary above, Alberta and Quebec allow adults as young 18 years old to possess and grow marijuana. This being said, CBD Testers has since noted that Quebec plans to increase the age limit to 21.

Provinces including Manitoba, Quebec and Saskatchewan appear to have encountered licensing or supply issues. The latter is said to be the case for Quebec, as demand has exceeded supply in the past, forcing operations to cease temporarily. The strictest of them all appears to be Manitoba, as consumers are forbidden to smoke in public places.

The provided information is surely to change over time, considering the many stores that some provinces want to open, while other provinces are simply finding ways to restrict its uses. Nonetheless, this serves well for those who are regular travellers within Canada.

Ella D. Hughes’ input strengthens the legal presence at TOC with her litigator nature and fondness with fitness and adamant cooking skills. During her undergraduate study, she dove deep into diverse fields of psychology, theater, evolutionary biology, psychopharmacology, and romance languages. After being admitted to the bar, TOC is leaning on Ella to help cover the rapidly evolving cannabis and hemp industries for legal insights and regulatory law feedback.

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