On October 17, 2018, hundreds of thousands (perhaps millions) of Canadians celebrated the end of marijuana prohibition in their beautiful country. Now, people can freely smoke, eat, drink, or consume the drug in any creative way they can imagine without being apprehended by the law. Even people who were previously convicted of selling illegal weed are going to be pardoned by the federal government (with a few exceptions). However, now that recreational and medical cannabis are legal in Canada, what are the rules that people have to follow? Let’s take a closer look at the new Canadian marijuana laws that are dictating how, when, and where people can consume this drug.
Provincial and Territorial Regulations
As of October 17, Canada has become the first G7 nation to fully legalize marijuana, meaning that an entire world of cannabis aficionados and antagonists will be keenly watching to witness how this event will unfold. Interestingly, as part of its legalization, each Canadian province has established sets of laws for controlling the drug. These regulations vary from total provincial control to complete authority granted to private producers. For a full listing of state laws and regulations, visit the official map here.
Overall, smoking weed in public places is an activity that is regulated by individual provincial laws, as well. In some areas of Canada, this activity will be 100% legal (with a few exceptions concerning children and school grounds). In other provinces, people will only be allowed to smoke the drug in the privacy of their homes (with additional consent from a landlord).
Cigarette Laws and Marijuana
In regions where this activity will be legal, public smoking will follow the same guidelines as cigarette laws. Simply put, you cannot consume the drug in non-smoking areas or locations that children and families normally frequent. However, Ontario has recently announced that smoking on sidewalks and other outdoor places will be 100% okay. Also, unless you hold full ownership rights to a piece of property, you have to get a landlord’s permission to consume cannabis (as indicated earlier).
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