Likely scenarios in Canadian provinces: what will the cannabis life be like?

Likely scenarios in Canadian provinces: what will the cannabis life be like?

What will the life of cannabis lovers be like this summer? With each of the 10 provinces having slightly different rules, the user experience will take a slight loss overall.

Seeing how Canada is legalizing marijuana on a whole new level, it is important to understand how it will affect the people living in the largest country with (soon to be) legal weed.

This summer, the federal government in Ottawa will approve Bill C-45 which is focused solely on recreational (non-medicinal) cannabis.

However, the federal government will only determine a very broad set of rules. It will be up to the provinces and municipalities to work around those rules and create a functional system for themselves.

Here is a visual representation of how the system of jurisdictional responsibilities is set up:

Source: nichecanada.com

So, as you can see, there are some things that the federal government decided, but also left room for the provincial governments to tweak those same rules towards their preferences.

For example — the possession limit is 30 grams per person according to the federal legislation, and most of the provinces have agreed on that. But, it seems that Quebec was having none of that as its government allowed users to transport up to 30 grams at a time and hold 150 grams at home”.

Seeing how provinces are allowed to amend even some of the federal rules to their own according, let us get a bit deeper in the specific rules of each province.

Cannabis laws in British Columbia

British Columbia has always had a fairly liberal view towards cannabis and, going into this legalization, things in BC haven’t changed a bit.

BC already has a system of established stores and the government has voted in favor of keeping the current cannabis infrastructure and will work to build and improve it in the future.

Here are the facts about weed laws in BC:

Minimum age: 19
Possession limit: Users will be allowed to have up to 30 grams for personal consumption.
Retail model: Private stores on the ground and online.
Distribution and wholesale: Will be done through the BC Liquor Distribution Branch.
Home cultivation: Up to 4 plants, hidden from street view. Landlords will have the power to forbid growing cannabis in rental properties.
Public consumption: Only where tobacco can be smoked.

Cannabis laws in Alberta

Alberta opted into a very similar system. British Columbia and its weed laws may have rubbed off on Alberta.

The main difference is that the government in Alberta explicitly forbids smoking cannabis near areas with kids.

Age: 19
Possession limit: Up to 30 grams of legally produced cannabis.
Retail model: Private stores on the ground and online.
Distribution and wholesale: Directly managed by the Alberta government.
Home cultivation: Up to 4 plants per household indoors.
Public consumption: Restricted in areas near kids and areas where smoking is prohibited.

Cannabis laws in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan is one of the provinces that will most likely completely ban smoking cannabis outdoors, which isn’t fun at all.

In fact, Saskatchewan hasn’t deviated too much from the federal government’s plan at all. However, there will be a large number of dispensaries and an overall easier access to cannabis than in Ontario, its neighboring province.

The major difference between Saskatchewan and other provinces is that it will have a privately owned distribution system which will be regulated by provincial authorities.

Sask was also the last province to announce its cannabis legalization plan.

Age 19
Possession limit The maximum legal possession amount is 30 grams, which is the federal limit.
Retail model Private stores on the ground and online.
Distribution and wholesale Wholesaling and retailing of cannabis will be conducted by the private sector and regulated by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority.
Home cultivation Limit of four cannabis plants per household.
Public consumption The province is laying down rules that will prohibit consumption of pot in public places, like schools and daycares, citing public health concerns.

Cannabis laws in Manitoba

Manitoba is the next in line for our short review.

Manitoba is the first province on our list not to have online sales. It will also forbid growing cannabis at home to its residents — something no other province decided to do so far.

At first look it may seem like Manitoba is in line with most other provinces, but it really isn’t.

Public consumption of recreational cannabis in Manitoba will be heavily restricted as well.

Age 19
Possession limit The maximum legal possession amount is 30 grams, which is the federal limit.
Retail model Private stores on the ground, no online sales.
Distribution and wholesale Cannabis supply will be handled by the Liquor and Lotteries Corporation.
Home cultivation Home growing of recreational cannabis will not be allowed in Manitoba.
Public consumption Smoking or vaping cannabis won’t be allowed on streets, school grounds, parks, beaches or restaurant patios. It will also be banned in most indoor public areas, with some exceptions such as palliative care units in hospitals.

Cannabis laws in Ontario

Ontario is one of the provinces that seems as if politics played too big of a role in the cannabis conversation.

If we were to rank provinces, Ontario would come in the middle of the board. Not too many freedoms, but not as many restrictions either.

Cannabis rules in Ontario are acceptable for regular smokers, but don’t expect anything big. In fact, expect a huge shortage in the first few months as the province will open only 40 stores by the summer.

The provincial government has announced 150 locations within its boarders, but we’ll have to wait 2020 to see if this promise comes to life.

Age 19
Possession limit  The maximum legal possession amount is 30 grams, which is the federal limit.
Retail model  Private stores on the ground, no online sales.
Distribution and wholesale Cannabis distribution will be controlled by Ontario Cannabis Store, a subsidiary of the Ontario LCBO.
Home cultivation Up to 4 plants per household indoors.
Public consumption Prohibited in public places and workplaces.

Cannabis laws in Quebec

Quebec approached this legalization in a way that was very confusing at first, but after looking at it for a minute you realize that the whole system is set up so that the province makes the most money out of this legalization.

Quebec will also have online sales similarly to BC, Alberta and other provinces we covered so far (except for Ontario), but with a twist.

Seeing how all the provinces which plan on selling cannabis online will have a private model, the twist here is that the government will control all sales in the provinces — both online and on the ground.

Another big thing that the provincial government did is opt-out of the legal age set by the federal government (19 years of age) and drop the bar a bit lower.

Lower age, higher possession limit, both online and on the ground sales, and most importantly growing at home won’t be allowed — this is optimizing an industry through laws at its finest.

Age 18
Possession limit Transporting up to 30 grams at a time will be legal, with holding up to 150 grams at home.
Retail model Specialized stores controlled by the provincial government both on the ground and online.
Distribution and wholesale Controlled by the provincial government.
Home cultivation Not allowed at all.
Public consumption Law will restrict smoking marijuana to places where smoking cigarettes is legal. Consumption on school and university campuses is forbidden.

Cannabis laws in Newfoundland and Labrador

The most eastern province in the country is mostly in line with the federal rules.

However, the cannabis system being implemented in Newfoundland and Labrador does have one interesting change when compared to other systems.

Sales will be done through private stores making a profit only on commission, and they will be controlled by the provincial government.

Age 19
Possession limit The maximum legal possession amount is 30 grams, which is the federal limit.
Retail model Private stores making profits only on commission, fully controlled by the provincial government.
Distribution and wholesale Will be controlled by the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC).
Home cultivation Still not determined, probably will be according to federal laws (4 plants per household).
Public consumption Place of use will be restricted to private residences only.

Cannabis laws in New Brunswick

New Brunswick took the safe way out.

Aside from siding with the federal government on each and every thing related to the cannabis system being implemented, the NB government also added a special clause of their own.

The special clause includes restriction of smoking cannabis in the vicinity of schools as users will have to stay at least 300 meters away from the educational institutions.

Age 19
Possession limit  The maximum legal possession amount is 30 grams, which is the federal limit.
Retail model Government run specialized stores on the ground.
Distribution and wholesale Will be run by NB Liquor.
Home cultivation Up to 4 plants per household inside.
Public consumption At least 300 meters away from schools. Only on private property and in private residences.

Cannabis laws in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia didn’t drift too far from the “classic government model” with online sales, and every other aspect controlled by the provincial government.

In fact, the model being implemented in Nova Scotia is very similar to the one being set up in Prince Edwards Island. Seeing how they are neighboring, it is not really a surprise.

This system is fairly liberal as it allows for both online and on-the-ground stores, as well as home growing  4 non-medical cannabis plants.

The only thing left unsaid about the cannabis system in Nova Scotia is the public consumption laws, which are yet to be determined.

Age 19
Possession limit The maximum legal possession amount is 30 grams, which is the federal limit.
Retail model Government-run specialized stores on the ground and online.
Distribution and wholesale Will be done through Nova Scotia Liquor Corp.
Home cultivation Up to 4 plants per household inside.
Public consumption Still not determined.

Cannabis laws in Prince Edward Island

As we said, PEI and Nova Scotia will have fairly similar systems at work once they get implemented.

The cannabis laws in Princ Edward Island are very fair when compared to other more restrictive systems being implemented in, let’s say Quebec or Manitoba.

The only major difference in PEI’s cannabis plan is that they will be the second province to allow consumption and access to those aged 18 and over, instead of 19 and over.

Age 18
Possession limit The maximum legal possession amount is 30 grams, which is the federal limit.
Retail model Will be controlled by the provincial government both on the ground and online.
Distribution and wholesale Controlled by the provincial government.
Home cultivation Up to 4 plants per household indoors.
Public consumption Only on private property and in private residences.

Having all this information in one place can be extremely important when traveling across Canada, so make sure you bookmark this page before planing your cannabis journey.

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