Marijuana Laws in Canada

Marijuana Laws in Canada

It’s been over 6 months since marijuana was legalized in Canada yet many are still unsure of the laws regarding recreational cannabis use. The better informed you are about the rules and regulations of recreational cannabis use, the more enjoyable your smoking experience will be. Below is an overview about the laws in place that dictate how, where and who can possess cannabis.

Who can buy Marijuana?

In order to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis, you must be 19 years or older

Where can you smoke Marijuana?

You can smoke and/or vape cannabis at:

  • Private residences, except for residences that are also workplaces (for example, retirement homes or long term care homes)
  • Outdoor public places like sidewalks and parks
  • Designated smoking guest rooms in hotels, motels, etc.
  • RV’s and Boats under certain conditions (for example, if they have permanent sleeping accommodations and cooking facilities, and are parked or anchored)
  • Controlled areas in certain retirement/long-term care homes, residential hospices, provincially funded supportive housing, designated psychiatric facilities

You cannot smoke or vape cannabis at or in:

  • Indoor common areas in condos, apartments and university/college residences
  • Enclosed public places and work places
  • Schools and places where children gather
  • Non-controlled areas  in certain retirement/long-term care homes, residential hospices, provincially funded supportive housing, designated psychiatric facilities
  • Vehicles and boats that are being driven or will be driven
  • In restaurants on bar patios or within 9 metres of a patio

How much marijuana are you allowed to have?

You are legally allowed to have a maximum of 30 grams of dried cannabis (or equivalent) in public at any time.

You can also grow up to four plants per residence (not per person) if you are 19 year or older, it is for personal use, you purchased the starting material legally from the Ontario Cannabis Store or an authorized retail store.

Although cannabis is now legal, there are strict rules in place that govern the use of recreational cannabis. Breaking these rules may lead to provincial or criminal charges. For example, if you are caught smoking or vaping cannabis while driving, you may be charged with impaired driving and face serious penalties, including possible:

  • Driver’s licence suspension
  • Financial penalties
  • Vehicle impoundment
  • Criminal record
  • Possible jail time

Knowing the law and the rules surrounding recreational cannabis use can help you stay safe and avoid getting into trouble.

If you have been charged with a cannabis related offence, we can help. Call us today for a free and confidential consultation.

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