It’s been three years since legal recreational Cannabis in Canada, and it is becoming a favorite destination for green-minded travelers already. Every province has set its rules, including how and where marijuana can be sold, what should be the age of the buyer, seller, or the consumer, and what quantity can be carried out?

You’ll be surprised to know that after Uruguay, Canada is the second country in the world where consumption, growth, acquisition, and dealing in Cannabis and its by-products for both recreational and medical purposes is legal. A cannabis act was passed in late 2018 in which all the rules and regulations were clearly stated about how much, who, & where it should be used, grown, or consumed?

Cannabis Act

According to these legislations, marijuana dispensaries in Canada became legal with certain restrictions. This has reduced the selling of Cannabis, and it’s by-products through the black market and increased the gross domestic product of the country up to a great extent.

According to stats Canada, by the end of July 2019, the Cannabis sector contributed about 8.26 billion dollars to the country’s GDP. As many online stores & dispensaries like are working legally at a large sacel.

Some of the rules and regulations you must know to use the Cannabis for recreational activities are given below:

The age limit of the user

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You must be 19 years or older to buy, consume, grow, or possess recreational Cannabis. This is the same for the consumption of tobacco and alcohol in Canada. People under 19 years, if caught consuming or carrying marijuana or any other cannabis product, are faced with severe legal actions.

Where can you use it?

The government has about the recreational and medicinal use of Cannabis and all of its by-products. You can smoke or vape cannabis in the following places:

  • Private residence except for the word places
  • Almost all the outdoor public places including bars, parks, and sidewalks
  • All the hotels, motels, inns, and guest houses
  • Residential vehicles and certain boats and ships
  • In all the scientific research labs and testing facilities
  • Drug rehab centers with restrictions

Is there any place you cannot use Cannabis?

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Of course, there are places like hospitals, schools, recreational places specifically for children, hospices, care homes, publicly owned spaces, many vehicles in boats and restaurants.

You cannot use it on some outdoor grounds near official buildings, deserve sitting areas, and in sheltered outdoor areas such as bus shelters.

What is the recommended quantity you can have?

You can possess 30 grams of Cannabis in any form in public. One gram of dry Cannabis is equal to the 5 grams of fresh Cannabis, 70 grams of liquid product, and 15 grams of edible product. Keep in mind that possession of organic and concentrated Cannabis products, whether in solid or liquid form are not allowed.

You can grow Cannabis in your place as well if you are 19 years of age or older. This includes a maximum of four plants, which should be used only for domestic purposes. Most of the lease agreements and condo rules do not forbid their growth.

What are the laws to protect youth?

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The Cannabis act has many e rules and regulations particularly for youth in order to avoid its misuse and prevent the youth from using Cannabis excessively. These include restrictions of age and promoting Cannabis on different social media platforms as well as on TV and newspaper.

Anyone under 18 years of age not promote, sell or use Cannabis. And if someone is found doing so he is likely to face a penalty of 14 years in jail.

The Cannabis act also discourages youth by prohibiting the advertisement products that appeal to youth, their packaging,and labeling in different ways that are attractive and inviting, selling it through to self-service displays or providing home delivery, promoting it on television, magazines, billboards,and radio.

What are rules and regulations to protect the public health?

Federal, provincial, and territorial government is responsible for the Cannabis regulation system. Following are the steps taken in view of protecting public health;

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  • Do not let anyone carry or grow Cannabis beyond the quantity allowed according to the law.
  • By regulating the types of products available for the sale in the market, their labelling and packaging, and standardizing their serving sizes along with the concentration of Cannabis (whether it’s concentrated or diluted).
  • Environment of industries where Cannabis is being used for making various products i.e. beverage industries & bakeries.
  • Tracking the progress from Cannabis seed to its sale to make sure it does not go in the black market.
  • Lowering the amount of personal possession and creating additional rules if someone is thinking of growing Cannabis at home.
  • Restricting the places where one can consume Cannabis such as in the public places and vehicles.

Following are some criminal penalties for different Cannabis offenses

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  • If someone possesses Cannabis over the desired limit he/she may have to face a 5 years jail in case of large amount possessed and a day or so for small amounts
  • In case of illegal sale and distribution a warning ticket for small amount and up to 14 years in jail for larger amount
  • Taking cannabis across the borders will cause a penalty of 14 years in jail
  • If someone is producing Cannabis over the amount suggested by the government or using it with combustible solvents, he/she may face 5 to 14 years jail depending upon the amount being combustion or grown.
  • Selling it to a person under 18 years of age also so come up with a penalty of 14 years in jail
  • All of these legislations are impaired for other drugs such as heroin, cocaine, LSD and magic mushrooms.

Ending note

It is hoped that Canadian government takes some steps to pardon individuals from processing less than 30 grams of Cannabis. According to the survey,more than 500000 Canadians have a criminal record due to the possession of fewer than 30 grams of Cannabis and its products. It means that the amount declared legal by the country is not safe at all.