Now that weed is legal throughout Canada, one question most of you may have is “when can I buy it?”
“One of the things that we heard very clearly from the provinces is that they need a certain amount of time to get their bricks and mortar store-their online sales-ready. Producers need time to be able to actually prepare for a regimented and successful implementation of the regime.. This is something that we want to get right” Justin Trudeau.
As of October 17, 2018, medical/ recreational cannabis will be legal throughout Canada. That is according to the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. If you look at your calendar that’s just months away, but you don’t have to wait that long and you don’t have to be Canadian to buy weed in Canada. To buy weed in Canada you may need your government-issued ID and you must be over the age of 19. The legal age is 18 but each province can lower or increase the legal age, Canadian provinces are also allowed to lower the possession limit and restrict where adults can consume weed such as public buildings or buses.
What Is Legal And What Is Not
The Canadian federal government has allowed individual provinces to create their own rules governing sale and distribution of cannabis. Because of that, if you are planning to visit any Canadian province any time soon you should check the province’s requirements.
“Americans have been crossing the border to get blasted in Canada, for a long time”
That is according to Hilary Bricken, a Seattle canna-business Lawyer with clients on both sides of the border. As it is right now, nothing has changed. Generally what you need to know is. You can’t buy weed if you are below 18 and you are not allowed to bring weed back with you to the US.
Although now legal in Canada, cannabis is still a schedule 1 drug in the US. That means that crossing borders with any amount of it amounts to a federal crime even if it’s for medical reasons.
If you consume weed in Canada or in a state where cannabis is legal, you are not breaking any laws, however, getting through a border crossing or airport while high may land you in a tricky situation with TSA or border agents. When crossing the border back into the US or into Canada, you may be asked if you have any alcohol or drugs on you. You may also be asked if you have consumed marijuana and if you have any on you.
Banned For Life
When asked these questions, one thing you should never do is lie. The thing is. You cannot be arrested for smelling like weed or for being high. What might get you arrested is trying to smuggle weed back into the states. If you lie and are caught with weed, you may get banned from Canada for life. If you get banned for life, you will be required to apply for a special waiver if you ever want to visit the country again.
Canada has set up a legal framework that all who wish to buy, use or distribute marijuana must adhere to. If you act outside the framework the penalties you may face are:
|Illegal distribution or sale||Up to 14 years in jail or tickets for small amounts|
|Taking cannabis across Canada’s border||Up to 14 years in jail|
|Production of cannabis beyond personal cultivation limits or with combustible solvents.||Up to 14 years in jail or tickets for small amounts|
|Possession over the limit||Up to 5 years in jail or tickets for small amounts|
What is The Legal Amount?
If you are over 18, you are allowed to:
- Possess up to 30 grams of legal dried cannabis or equivalent in non-dried form
- You are allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants, up to a maximum height of 100cm, per residence for personal use from licensed seed or seedling.
- Purchase dried or fresh and cannabis oil from provincially licensed retailer.
- Share up to 30 grams of legal dried cannabis with other adults.
Quebec and Manitoba have outlawed home grows, so look up your province’s laws to figure out what you are allowed to do.
What I’m I Buying?
Cannabis retailers in Canada are required to list all the information you need to make an informed decision. That includes the name of the producer, THC/CBD content, the strain and a large disclaimer about the health risks associated with weed.
Before you buy anything, make sure that you know what you are getting. So start educating yourself and figure out what you need.
Can I Drive While High?
The answer to that is NO! You are not allowed to drive while high for obvious reasons. Although proving marijuana impairment is difficult, driving while high is dangerous both for you and anyone else using the same road. It is just a matter of common sense, if you know that you are too high to drive. Don’t do it.