In Canada, the manufacturing, sale, and possession of cannabis are all subject to tight legal restrictions because of the Cannabis Act. The three objectives of the Act are as follows:
- Keep cannabis out of the hands of youth
- Prevent criminals from profiting from it
- Enable adults access to legal cannabis in order to safeguard public health and safety
What is legal as of October 17, 2018
Adults who are 18 years or older are legally permitted, subject to provincial or territorial limitations, to:
- Possess up to 30 grams of dried or an equivalent amount in non-dry form in public;
- Share up to 30 grams of dried or a comparable amount in non-dried form with other adults.
- In provinces and territories without a regulated retail system, people can buy cannabis online from federally licensed producers.
- Grow up to 4 cannabis plants per dwelling for personal use from authorized seeds or seedlings.
- Make cannabis goods at home, like edibles and beverages, provided that concentrated cannabis products are not produced using organic solvents.
Limitations on Marijuana Products Possession
The Cannabis Act’s possession restrictions are based on dried cannabis. To determine the possession cap for additional cannabis products, equivalents were created.
The following are the weights in grams of dried cannabis:
5 grams of new marijuana
15 grams of edible product
70 grams of the liquid substance
0.25 grams of liquid or solid concentrations
1 cannabis plant seed
Entering or Leaving Canada with Marijuana
In Canada, marijuana is legal to possess and use with some limitations on quantity and method of purchase. Transporting cannabis across the Canadian border, either from Canada into another nation or from another country into Canada, is still strictly forbidden.
The following situations fall under the marijuana importation and exportation ban:
- No matter how much cannabis you have on hand, you are still not allowed to transport cannabis products.
- Products containing cannabis, such as edibles, extracts (vaporizers, concentrates, etc.), and cannabis topicals are not permitted to import or export.
- It doesnât matter if you are traveling to or from a location where cannabis is decriminalized or legal, you canât transport cannabis across the Canadian border.
Traveling in Canada with Weed
You are responsible for abiding by local cannabis laws wherever you go. In Canada, marijuana used for recreational purposes is permitted up to a specified limit. However, the minimum age for purchase, possession, and use is determined by each province and territory. Currently, it is 19 in all other provinces and territories, 21 in Quebec, and 18 in Alberta. The access of cannabis by minors or the facilitation of such access by adults remains unlawful.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of Marijuana
Cannabis-related driving offenses are still very serious crimes in Canada. In reality, the Canadian government doubled the penalty for driving while under the influence of drugs, including cannabis, at the same time it legalized recreational marijuana. As a result, the maximum sentence for a DUI was increased from 5 to 10 years in prison.
Any substance that can impair a person, whether prescribed or not, can support a driving under the influence (DUI) prosecution or conviction in the US and Canada. Cannabis, cocaine, prescription pills, mushrooms, methamphetamines, heroin, Xanax, Ambien, and painkillers are the most frequent drugs found in DUID (driving under the influence of drugs) instances.
Canada’s legal cannabis market has shown a lot of potential. Marijuana businesses all throughout the country have experienced tremendous growth over the past few years.