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Cannabis Legalization

October 23, 2018

Did you know?

Cannabis has different effects on different people which vary depending on many factors including the type and amount of product used.

These effects usually disappear within a few hours but can last longer, especially if the drug is consumed in edible form.

It can also increase the risk of falls and other injuries, especially when you are doing higher-speed activities such as cycling, skiing or snowboarding.

Regular use of cannabis has been shown to negatively impact a teen’s perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning.

How long the impairing effects of cannabis last depends on how it was consumed (smoked, inhaled, and ingested) and how much was taken, but effects can last at least six (6) hours or longer after use.

Frequently Asked Questions

What age to possess and use cannabis?

You will need to be 19 and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis. This is the same as the minimum age for the sale of tobacco and alcohol in Ontario.

How much can be purchased at one time?

You will be able to purchase up to 30 grams (about one ounce) of dried recreational cannabis at one time for personal use.

How much cannabis can be carried in public?

You will be able to have a maximum of 30 grams (about one ounce) of dried cannabis in public at any time.

Where to buy cannabis?

When it’s legal, people 19 and over will be able to purchase cannabis online through the Ontario Cannabis Store.

Medicinal vs. Recreational – is there a difference?

Medical cannabis is subject to different rules than recreational cannabis. The production and sale of medical cannabis is regulated exclusively by the federal government. If a health care professional has already authorized you to use cannabis for medical reasons, your access will not change when recreational cannabis is legal.

Can cannabis be smoked in a car?

No. Even as a passenger, you are not allowed to consume cannabis in any form while in a car or boat.

Can cannabis be smoked in or near a playground?

No. The same laws apply for smoking tobacco: not within 20 meters of playgrounds and publicly owned sport fields. Each municipality can limit this further.

Can I smoke cannabis in my apartment?

Yes. You can inside most personal residences (unless restricted by tenancy agreements), but not in common areas such as lobbies, stairwells or laundry rooms.

Can I share cannabis that I have grown at home with my adult friends and family?

Yes. Sharing of cannabis is legal as long as you stay within the established limits (such as no more than 30 grams can be carried in public). Only authorized retailers can sell it.

Cannabis and Driving

Cannabis, like many other drugs, impairs your ability to operate a motor vehicle which increases your chances of being in a collision.

If a police officer finds that you are impaired by any drug, including cannabis, you could face serious penalties, including:

licence suspension

vehicle impoundment

financial penalties

possible criminal record

possible jail time

There will be zero tolerance for young, novice and commercial drivers. You will not be allowed to have any cannabis in your system if you are driving a motor vehicle and:

you are 21 or under (young driver)

have a Class G1, G2, M1 or M2 licence (novice driver)

the vehicle you are driving requires a Class A-F driver’s licence or needs a Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR)

you are driving a road-building machine

Cannabis in the Workplace

For specific regulations regarding cannabis use in your workplace, contact your employer for further information.