With recreational marijuana now legal in Canada, there are questions about the rules governing its use.
Let’s answer a few of those questions.
1. Who can buy marijuana?
You have to be 19 years and older to buy, consume and grow recreational marijuana in Ontario.
2. Where can you buy it?
The Ontario Cannabis Store is currently your only source of legal marijuana until April next year. If you source your pot from anywhere else, it’s still considered illegal.
Retail stores have not yet been established in the province. The government says it will be accepting licensing applications at a future date.
Ontario’s minister of finance Vic Fedeli says the province is waiting until April 1st to open physical stores to “see what other provinces do.”
- Where can you smoke and vape cannabis?
Private residences – You can also smoke it in your house and in your yard. If you’re a tenant, the rules are however, a little different. If your rental agreement has a no-smoking clause, you have to abide by the contract.
Many outdoor public places – You can smoke pot anywhere in Ontario that cigarette smoking is allowed, except inside a car or on a boat.
You can also light up in designated guest rooms in hotels, motels and inns; in residential vehicles and boats; scientific research and testing facilities; controlled areas in long-term care homes, certain retirement homes, residential hospices, provincially-funded supportive housing and designated psychiatric facilities or veterans facilities.
- Where are you prohibited from smoking cannabis?
Hospitals, hospices, care homes and other similar facilities are off limit. So too are places where children gather such as, schools, child care centres, or where an early years program is provided; in places where home child care is provided, even if children are not present.
School grounds and all public areas within 20 metres of these grounds and children’s playgrounds and public areas within 20 metres of playgrounds are also a no-no.
Non-designated guest rooms in hotels, motels and inns; enclosed public and work places; publicly owned spaces, including sports fields, nearby spectator areas and public areas within 20 metres of these areas are also prohibited.
You are not allowed to smoke or vape cannabis in restaurants; on bar patios and public areas within 9 metres of a patio; on the grounds of community recreational facilities, and public areas within 20 metres of those grounds and at bus shelters.
- What’s the legal possession limit?
There is limit of 30 grams of dried cannabis in public. At home, there is no limit.
You can also grow pot at home, but you are limited to four plants per household at any given time.