Here’s how each province plans to regulate legal cannabis

Dylan McCullough | October 10, 2018 in National News

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In one week Canada will become only the second nation in the world to end the prohibition of cannabis.

Similar to alcohol, the substance will still be subject to heavy regulation that is not consistent across provincial and territorial lines.

Where you can smoke cannabis, where you can get it and how old you have to be will vary from city to city across the country.

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British Columbia

Age of majority: 19
Where you can smoke: Most places you can smoke cigarettes with multiple exceptions including recreational areas, parks, enclosed public spaces, bus/ferry stops, or near children
Where to get it: Province-run BC Cannabis Stores and online, and from licensed private retailers
Home growing: Up to 4 plants per household permitted; plants must not be visible from public spaces, or grown in houses designated as community care facilities
Possession limits: 30g in public
 

Alberta

Age of majority: 18
Where you can smoke: Anywhere smoking cigarettes is permitted; anywhere not frequented by children (playgrounds, schools, etc.)
Where to get it: Private retailers (government-run wholesale); online (government-run and private)
Home growing: Up to 4 plants per household permitted
Possession limits: 30g in public
 

Saskatchewan

Age of majority: 19
Where you can smoke: Prohibited in public places
Where to get it: Private retailers stores/private online retail (must have brick-and-mortar storefront as well)
Home growing: Up to 4 plants per household
Possession limits: 30g in public

Manitoba

Age of majority: 19
Where you can smoke: Prohibited in public places
Where to get it: Private retailers; private online retailers(must have a brick-and-mortar store) (government-run wholesale)
Home growing: Provincial regulations prohibit home cultivation
Possession limits: 30g in public

Ontario

Age of majority: 19
Where you can smoke: Prohibited in public places
Where to get it: Province-run Ontario Cannabis Stores (online only) until April 2019, by which point private retail sales will also be allowed for provincially-licensed retailers (pending legislation passes and licences are issued)
Home growing: Up to 4 plants per household permitted
Possession limits: 30g in public

Quebec

Age of majority: 18
Where you can smoke: Anywhere smoking cigarettes is permitted
Where to get it: Province-run retail stores or online, via Société Québecois du Cannabis
Home growing: Provincial regulations prohibit any home cultivation
Possession limits: Maximum 150g total; maximum in public TBD (likely 30g)

New Brunswick

Age of majority: 19
Where you can smoke: Prohibited in public places
Where to get it: Province-run retail stores and online, via Cannabis Management Corporation (NB Liquor subsidiary)
Home growing: Up to 4 plants per household – indoors, in a separate and locked space; outdoors in a locked enclosure with a minimum height of 1.52m
Possession limits: Maximum 30g in public

Prince Edward Island

Age of majority: 19
Where you can smoke: Prohibited in public places, with a few exceptions (such as multi-unit dwellings).
Where to get it: Province-run dispensaries and online, via PEI Cannabis Management Corporation
Home growing: Up to 4 plants per household permitted (not accessible to minors)
Possession limits: Maximum 30g in public

Nova Scotia

Age of majority: 19
Where you can smoke: Anywhere smoking cigarettes is permitted
Where to get it: Government-run retail stores and online, via NS Liquor Board
Home growing: Up to 4 plants per household permitted
Possession limits: 30g in public

Newfoundland and Labrador

Age of majority: 19
Where you can smoke: Prohibited in public places
Where to get it: Private retailers, online, province-run dispensaries where there are no private storefronts
Home growing: Up to 4 plants per household permitted
Possession limits: 30g total

Yukon

Age of majority: 19
Where you can smoke: Prohibited in public places
Where to get it: One province-run retail in Whitehorse, initially; private retailers (min. 6 months post-legalization); online (government-run and private)
Home growing: Up to 4 plants per household permitted
Possession limits: 30g in public or in a vehicle

The Northwest Territories

Age of majority: 19
Where you can smoke: Prohibited in public places
Where to get it: Private and province-run retail stores (government-run wholesale via Liquor Commission); online sales
Home growing: Up to 4 plants per household
Possession limits: 30g in public

Nunavut

Age of majority: 19
Where you can smoke: Anywhere smoking cigarettes is permitted
Where to get it: Province-run retail stores; private retailers/dispensaries if acting as agency on behalf of the Nunavut government
Home growing: Provincial regulations prohibit home growing
Possession limits: 30g in public

With files from the Canadian Press.

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