In a few months – Wednesday, October 17 – Canada will become the largest pot market in the world. What you need to know so you don’t get into trouble.
On that day Canadians will be able smoke marijuana legally for recreational purposes.
But despite that there will be all sorts of rules and regulation that all pot smokers should know about.
And if you don’t know them you end up in trouble with the law.
This guide will help you understand what’s what.
Here is what you can do with pot that is legal in Canada:
- purchase fresh or dried cannabis, cannabis oil, plants and seeds for cultivation from either a provincially or territorially regulated retailer, or — where that option is not available — directly from a federally licensed producer;
- possess up to 30 grams of dried legal cannabis or its equivalent in public;
- share up to 30 grams (or its equivalent) of legal cannabis and legal cannabis products with other adults;
- cultivate up to four plants at home (four plants total per household); and
- prepare various cannabis products (such as edibles) at home for personal use, provided that no dangerous organic solvents are used in the process.
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Another important and key point is what are the rules and regulations when you travel to the United States?
Pot is still a prohibited substance under federal law in the U.S., despite the fact that some states allow its use.
And the word from U.S. Attorney-General – a hard liner on drug use – is that that he wait times at the border are likely to be longer as more Canadians likely will be subject to secondary screenings if U.S. border officials are suspicious about the answer you give about whether you smoke pot.
And another key thing to understand is that the rules and regulations about using pot are not the same across the country.
In fact, they differ.
And one final thing the jury is still out on whether the Trudeau government will pardon those with previous marijuana convictions.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale confirmed officials are examining “all the legal implications for possible pardons, or record suspensions, for criminal records for cannabis.
But he would not say how the government is likely to proceed.
“We’re in the midst of a major change here. I know there is a real anxiety for a bit of a play-by-play commentary, but I think the responsible thing is to do the analysis, see where the unfairnesses are and take the appropriate steps to correct those problem,” he told reporters in London, Ont., where the Liberal cabinet is holding a winter retreat. “But we need to do it in an orderly way.”