Legalization By Province: What Is the Legal Age and The Need To Knows

Nova Scotia and Manitoba are the latest provinces to outline their plans for the sale of marijuana with legalization looming July 1. Here is a glance at provincial and territorial plans to date and standards for legal age.

The Provinces

Alberta is planning to control the online sale of pot but will leave over-the-counter sales to private operators. Details on how sales would work are yet to be determined. Private pot stores would have to be physically separate from stores that sell alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals, but how that would be legally defined is undetermined. Stores will not be allowed to sell anything but cannabis and cannabis-related products.

British Columbia is setting the age of consumption at 19, with retail sales allowed through both public and private stores. Retailers will have to get their supply of cannabis from the government’s wholesale distribution system used for alcohol.

Manitoba also plans to set its legal age at 19, a year later than the legal age for drinking alcohol. The government’s legislation would also prohibit people from growing cannabis at home for recreational purposes. Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries will regulate the sale of cannabis and municipal governments would have the option to ban sales by referendum.

legal age set to 19 for cannabis use in nova scotia
The legal age to use, possess or purchase marijuana will be 19, the legal drinking age in Nova Scotia.

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New Brunswick has proposed legislation to set the minimum age at 19 and requires users to lock away their marijuana when it’s in their home. A legislature committee recommended selling marijuana through government-operated stores.

Newfoundland and Labrador will allow sales in private stores with the legal age set at 19. The Crown-owned liquor corporation will oversee the distribution to private retailers. Consumption will be restricted to private residences.

The Provinces Continued

Nova Scotia will set legal age to possess or purchase marijuana to 19, which is the legal drinking age. People will be allowed to have up to 30 grams for personal consumption. They will also be allowed to grow up to four plants per household.

Ontario intends to sell the drug in up to 150 stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario to people 19 and older, with a ban on its consumption in public spaces or workplaces.

Prince Edward Island legal age for pot use will be 19, aligned with the province’s legal age for alcohol and tobacco. P.E.I.’s Liquor Control Commission will be the retail distributor for cannabis products, the release said. It will be sold in government-owned retail locations however, marijuana won’t be sold alongside alcohol. The government also announced they’d operate an online store for Islanders to purchase marijuana and it will be delivered by Canada Post.

Quebec has set the legal age to buy, possess and consume marijuana in Quebec to 18the same as the drinking age. Pot would be sold through the provincial run liquor board. Quebec plans to open 15 marijuana stores by July 1 and control sales online. The bill also makes it illegal to cultivate pot for personal or commercial use, unless authorized. It limits possession in a home to 150 grams, and to 30 grams on a person. There will also be a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of any drug.

Saskatchewan has held a public consultation on pot legislation. The province said in its recent throne speech that it will introduce legislation once a review is completed.

The Territories

First namestions looking to set legislation and legal age
The emerging legalization of marijuana is an opportunity for continued and new business success in First Nation communities.

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The Northwest Territories has been holding discussions with residents that include community meetings and an online survey. It has garnered a record response to a government online consultation tool.

Nunavut completed initial stakeholder consultations through the summer of 2017. They held a public survey to help guide the development of policy and legislative options.

Yukon has proposed 19 as the minimum age for the consumption of recreational marijuana and would limit possession to 30 grams. In addition, The proposal will allow four plants to be grown per household. The public has until Dec. 20 to comment on the proposed framework.