The rest of the world looks on as people in Canada celebrate the legalization of cannabis. As the second country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana, Canada certainly has a lot to celebrate. According to Bill C-45 that was approved by their Parliament, people can now possess about 30 grams of marijuana. For others that want to grow the beautiful herb, they can grow up to four plants in their homes.
What Are The Limitations?
Any adult above the age of 18 can now buy and even grow marijuana. But it depends…
For example, in Alberta and Quebec, you need to be at least 18. But in other states like British Columbia, the user needs to be more than 19 years old. Francois Legault who’s known to be conservative, has expressed his goal to increase the minimum age to at least 21. Growing cannabis at home is banned in places like Manitoba and Quebec. Also, it’s not yet legal to sell cannabis edibles.
Can You Buy Cannabis Even If You’re Not From Canada?
As a tourist, you can certainly purchase cannabis in Canada. But, you need to show your ID and prove that you’re of legal age to purchase it. However, if you’ve got plans to carry them back home with you, stop thinking in that direction right away. Even if you’re from a location that has legalized weed, it’s not possible. Users found carrying cannabis outside will be arrested.
Who Is Selling Cannabis?
Canada opened its doors to business on October 17, 2018.
Montreal had about 12 shops that were all set to open, while British Columbia was satisfied with just one store that was run by the government. There are speculations that there will be at least 20 more stores by 2019. Quebec will have about 20 stores that are run by the SQDC – Société Québécoise du Cannabis – managed by the government.
Where Can I Smoke Cannabis In Canada?
Now that it’s legal, you’re probably thinking that it’s okay to light a joint in broad daylight in a public place. Well, it depends. Although cannabis is now legal everywhere in Canada, there are a few limitations as to where you can smoke. For example, in Quebec, you can’t smoke in places that display a smoke-free zone. This means that you can’t smoke where smoking tobacco is prohibited. Other cities have chosen to restrict public consumption completely. Montreal has decided to go easier on this issue and people can smoke wherever tobacco smoking is allowed.
Good News For Previous Convictions
All this while, people with even small amounts of cannabis were arrested and thrown in prison. Fortunately, there’s good news for people who were arrested for possession of about 30 grams. There are plans to pardon all the Canadians that were previously convicted. As you can see, Justin Trudeau certainly believes that actions are louder than words. On June 20, 2018, he tweeted that he planned to legalize weed to reduce corruption. And in just 4 months, the announcements have become a reality. Canada has perhaps taken a page out of Uruguay’s book. Uruguay was the first country in the world to ever legalize cannabis. Now, hopefully other countries will follow suit. In America, it’s legal in at least 30 states, but legalizing recreational cannabis is another matter altogether.