It’s the end of the criminal prohibition on marijuana. On October 17, 2018, cannabis became legal in Canada.
So, what is legal now? What’s not legal? And how do Canada’s new cannibis laws affect Canadian businesses? There are a few things business owners need to know to keep people and communities safe in British Columbia.
- To buy, possess or use cannabis in British Columbia, you must be 19 years or older.
- Non-medical cannabis will be sold exclusively at government-run stores, licensed private retailers, and the B.C. government’s online store. If you purchase any cannabis products, be sure to check it has an excise stamp attached to its packaging, which is unique to each province. If the product does not have a British Columbia stamp it is not legal for sale in B.C.
- Adults 19 years or older can carry up to 30 grams of cannabis in most public spaces. Keep in mind there’s a ban on smoking or vaping cannabis in playgrounds, schools and other public areas with children.
- Adults 19 years or older can grow up to four cannabis plants per household. Before you place a plant on your balcony for aesthetic, remember they cannot be grown in a space that is visible from a public place. Landlords, strata councils, local and indigenous government can also further restrict growing cannabis at home.
- Cannabis can be transported in a vehicle if it’s in its original, unopened packaging, or is inaccessible to the driver and occupants (for example, your trunk).
- Generally, you can’t consume cannabis in a parked or moving vehicle, or boat. However, there is an exception to this rule as it can be used in motorhomes, motor vehicles, campers, trailers or an anchored boat with sleeping accommodations, a kitchen and a toilet.
- It’s illegal to take cannabis across the Canadian border, whether cannabis is legal at your destination or not.
- Don’t drive high or work impaired. There are serious consequences like fines, licence prohibitions and jail time for impaired driving.
- The federal government has strict rules on cannabis advertising and promotion.
Rumor is, Justin Trudeau picked the date for legalization as Oct 17th because that’s the date Gord Downie passed away.
Full statement on the death of the Tragically Hip's Gord Downie: https://t.co/FiHhj9Spee
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 18, 2017
It’s Been a Long Time Coming
We’re still waiting for a marijuana in the workplace policy.
Except, we don’t need it here at We Make Stuff Happen as we’re so high on life.
If you want to learn more about the Cannabis Act, visit: https://cannabis.gov.bc.ca/
Peace out, dude. ✌
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