A look at the scenario of legalization of weed in Canada

In Canada, the possession of marijuana is illegal.  In 2001, the possession of a small amount was decriminalized to a fine. In 2003, this law changed so that Marijuana was legalized only for medical use and cultivation with a license from Health Canada under the Marijuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR). Only 38% of Canadians were satisfied with how legalization worked out, and more than half of Canadian citizens think that weed should be legalized completely.

A Gallup poll conducted in 2013 discovered that 58 percent of Canadians favoured legalizing weed, and around 42 percent were against it. There had been decriminalization of marijuana before; however, experts believed that the country needed to take further steps towards legalization. Many had suffered criminal charges due to possessing small amounts of cannabis.

It is important to note that not all parts of Canada have the same laws. Every province has its peculiarities, so it is necessary to consult with the local authorities to understand the specifics.

Where is it free?

The following provinces do not set any limitations for possession and consumption of weed: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon Territory. Additionally, these territories allow growing up 4 plants in each household without requiring a license: North West Territories, Nunavut, and The Island of Newfoundland.

British Columbia has an interesting approach towards marijuana; however, if you are caught with even one joint, you could go to prison for 6 months. But this rule does not apply if cannabis was consumed privately or only shared among friends.

The following provinces limit the possession to 30 grams or even less: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. Check dispensary WeedSmart to know more.

It is important to know that these limitations vary concerning different types of weed. For example, in Prince Edward Island, there are two kinds of marijuana – permitted and prohibited. Permitted marijuana has 10% THC or less, while prohibited cannabis should not contain more than % THC.

Legal implications

In terms of consumption rules, keep in mind that you cannot consume weed on the streets as this would result in a fine from $400 up to $5,000 with 3 months of jail time as well as a criminal record. Plus, if you happen to be younger than 19 years old, there is a possibility that your parents will receive a call. Driving under the influence of weed is treated in a strict manner, and if you are caught, your license may be suspended for 90 days.

However, these regulations concern possession or use of marijuana; however, selling or growing cannabis remains illegal. To summarize all this information, weed is still illegal where the only exceptions are medical use (with proper license) and 4 plants per household (if certain regulations are met). Otherwise, the possession of weed can lead to getting fined up to $5 000 with 3 months of jail time as well as getting a criminal record. Plus, it is also not allowed to drive under its influence and sell/grow cannabis remains illegal. It’s important to know that limitations vary across different provinces, so it’s