Here’s What You Need to Know if You’re Going to Canada to Buy Cannabis
Recreational marijuana became legal in Canada on October 17, 2018. Under the Cannabis Act, adults now have the right to buy, use, and possess marijuana. However, as Canadians and Canadian vistors navigate the new law, it is important to understand what aspects of the previous laws governing marijuana possession and usage changed, and which did not:
If you are going Going to Canada to Buy Cannabis, Legal Age to Buy, Possess, and Use Marijuana
The legal age to possess and smoke marijuana is 18, but the federal government allows provinces
and territories to raise the limit even higher: confirm what the legal age is in each territory or
province before possessing or using there. In most of the country, the legal age to possess or use
Canadians and Canadian visitors may purchase limited amounts of marijuanna—in all forms— from retailers authorized by the provinces and territories to use in limited ways:
● possess up to 30 grams of marijuana in public;
● use cannabis in locations authorized by local jurisdictions;
● grow up to four marijuana plants per household for personal use only (from seeds
purchased from licensed suppliers);
● Share (not sell) up to 30 grams of marijuana with other adults at or above the legal age;
● make products at home containing marijuana like food.
While Canadians may purchase marijuana online from legal retailers, the marijuana must be
delivered to an address in Canada and be signed for by someone of legal age. Further, purchases
require a Canadian credit card. Visitors to Canada will need cash to purchase marijuana from a
legal retailer. Each province and territory is responsible for regulating marijuana sales and setting the prices, so prices will vary.
Do Not Bring Marijuana Across the Border Travelers going to the United States are barred from bringing marijuana with them because the sale, possession, production, and distribution of marijuana remain illegal under federal law in America. U.S. Customs and Border Protection stresses that travelers found with marijuana may face seizure, fines ranging from $500 to $5,000, arrest, or in the case of aliens, denial of admission into the U.S. It is also illegal to bring marijuana from the U.S. into Canada, even
though marijuana is now legal in Canada.
Where to Smoke in Public
Public usage of marijuana varies by area: some provinces allow smoking marijuana anywhere where tobacco is legal to smoke, while some provinces forbid smoking in public anywhere.
Check with each local jurisdiction to find out the laws of that area.
Don’t smoke and drive
Driving while under the influence of marijuana — like any other drug — is still illegal in Canada. Marijuana must be sealed and out of reach to drivers and passengers if being transported by car. There are substantial fines and possible jail time if caught driving under the influence.
Every Canadian province has a website dedicated to its own specific cannabis laws and regulations.