Marijuana laws by province

Published Jan 28, 2019 10:23 a.m. ET

 Legalization of cannabis in Canada came into full effect on October 17, 2018. With the laws surrounding weed being so fresh and new, most people aren’t entirely familiar with the specific laws surrounding weed just yet. It is important to recognize that every single province has its own rules and regulations around where it can be sold, where cannabis can be smoked, and how much a person can grow in their own homes. While it seems like at least for now, the majority of customers are still heading to their local dealer. Many are trying to learn the legal ropes around how, when and where they should consume or be in possession of marijuana. To help, we have compiled a simple to follow list, containing everything you need to know province by province.

Alberta

Legal age to smoke or purchase: 18 years
Where cannabis can be legally purchased: Online and private licensed stores
Limits on growing: Up to four plants, may be restricted by landlords
Where cannabis can be consumed: Prohibited in places frequented by children such as schools and parks, cars, anywhere else tobacco use is restricted

British Columbia

Legal age to smoke or purchase: 19 years
Where cannabis can be legally purchased: Government-owned stores and online.
Limits on growing: Up to four plants and must be out of public sight. May be restricted by landlords.
Where cannabis can be consumed: Prohibited in places frequented by children such as schools and parks, cars, anywhere else tobacco use is limited.

Manitoba

Legal age to smoke or purchase: 19 years
Where cannabis can be legally purchased: Private licensed stores and online
Limits on growing: Growing is not permitted.
Where cannabis can be consumed: Only in private homes.

New Brunswick

Legal age to smoke or purchase: 19 years
Where cannabis can be legally purchased: Government-owned stores and online.
Limits on growing: Up to four plants, anything grown outside must be locked, may be restricted by landlords.
Where cannabis can be consumed: Private property and private residences.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Legal age to smoke or purchase: 19 years
Where cannabis can be legally purchased: Private licensed stores and online.
Limits on growing: Up to four plants.
Where cannabis can be consumed: Private property and private residences.

Northwest Territories

Legal age to smoke or purchase: 19 years
Where cannabis can be legally purchased: Government-owned stores, privately run liquor stores and online.
Limits on growing: Up to four plants.
Where cannabis can be consumed: Private property, private residences, trails, highways, streets and in parks

Nova Scotia

Legal age to smoke or purchase: 19 years
Where cannabis can be legally purchased: Government-owned stores and online.
Limits on growing: Up to four plants. May be restricted by landlords.
Where cannabis can be consumed: Anywhere tobacco is currently allowed. May be restricted by landlords.

Nunavut

Legal age to smoke or purchase: 19 years
Where cannabis can be legally purchased: Government-owned stores and by phone.
Limits on growing: Up to four plants.
Where cannabis can be consumed: Designated cannabis lounges, private property, private residences.

Ontario

Legal age to smoke or purchase: 19 years
Where cannabis can be legally purchased: Government-owned and operated online store.
Limits on growing: Up to four plants.
Where cannabis can be consumed: Private property and private residences. May be restricted by landlords.

Prince Edward Island

Legal age to smoke or purchase: 19yrs
Where cannabis can be legally purchased: Government-owned and operated stores and online.
Limits on growing: Up to four plants. Must not be accessible by anyone underage.
Where cannabis can be consumed: Private property and private residences.

Quebec

Legal age to smoke or purchase: 18yrs
Where cannabis can be legally purchased: Government-owned and operated stores and online
Limits on growing: Not legally permitted
Where cannabis can be consumed: Anywhere tobacco is allowed except university and CEGEP campuses.

Saskatchewan

Legal age to smoke or purchase: 19 years
Where cannabis can be legally purchased: Private licensed stores and online
Limits on growing: Up to four plants. May be restricted by landlords.
Where cannabis can be consumed: Private property, private residences, restricted around minors.

Yukon

Legal age to smoke or purchase: 19yrs
Where cannabis can be legally purchased: Government owned and operated stores and online
Limits on growing: Up to four plants out of public sight
Where cannabis can be consumed: Private property and private residences. May be restricted by landlords.

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