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How much weed can you legally have in Canada?

How much weed can I have in Canada?

The laws have changed since legalization in 2018, but the personal carry limit is the same across the entire country. The limit for dried flower is 30 grams per person, or just over one ounce. The limit to how much cannabis you can buy at the same time is the same as the carry laws. You can buy up to 30 grams of dried flower, or the equivalent, at one time.

What are cannabis regulations in different provinces?

In Quebec and Alberta you must be 18 to legally purchase cannabis, although Quebec’s government considered raising the age to 21. In the rest of the country, you must be 19 years of age in order to purchase cannabis. You are allowed to grow a maximum of four plants per household across Canada except in Manitoba and Quebec. 

In British Columbia and Yukon, cannabis is sold in both public and licensed private stores. Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador allow sales in licensed private stores. In Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and the Northwest Territories cannabis is sold by the liquor boards or alongside alcohol. As of 2018, Nunavut had no plans of opening any store. 

What if I have more than 30 grams of flower at one time?

The possession laws have changed since cannabis was legalized, and possession of more than 30 grams of cannabis is no longer considered a criminal offense. It is more similar to breaking liquor laws, which means you’re more likely to get a ticket. If you’re found with more than 50 grams, however, that is considered a criminal offense. 

What are the equivalents for other forms of cannabis products?

30 grams of flower is not easily translated into other forms of cannabis, particularly now that concentrates and edibles are legally sold in dispensaries across Canada. Laws vary by province, but in British Columbia, 1 gram of dried flower is equal to 15 grams of edible product. So you could, for example, possess 450 grams of edible products. To give that measurement some context, a chocolate bar usually ranges between 50 and 80 grams and a normal pack of gummy candy from the grocery store is about 185 grams. 

For concentrates, 1 gram of dried flower is equal to 0.25 grams of concentrates. That means that at a given time, you could possess up to 7.5 grams of concentrates. If you really prefer smoking concentrates over other forms of cannabis, that’s not an insignificant amount! More likely though, you’ll have some combination of the above. As long as the amount you have adds up to an equivalent of less than 30 grams of dried cannabis, you’re in the clear.

Can I have weed in my car?

You can definitely have your cannabis product inside your vehicle, but under B.C. law, no one is allowed to smoke inside a vehicle. Yes, that includes passengers! It is the same regulation that is applied to alcohol. The only exception is if you are parked at a car-accessible campsite and are smoking inside your vehicle there. 

How much medical cannabis can I have at one time?

The laws for medical cannabis possession are different from recreational, because the assumed purpose for the product is different. Medical cannabis patients may have up to 150 grams of dried flower (or equivalents) at a given time. The most important thing to consider if you believe you are a medical cannabis patient though, is that you need a valid doctor’s note proving that you need the cannabis for some reason. It is not enough to simply say that you get headaches, or have undiagnosed this or that. 150 grams of dried flower is far above the legal limit of recreational cannabis, and could result in a hefty fine or even a criminal offense. 

Can I smoke cannabis wherever I want in B.C. now?

Unfortunately, the laws around smoking cannabis in public are stricter than drinking in public in British Columbia at this moment. Although there are pilot projects being run throughout the province to allow drinking in public parks, smoking cannabis in public parks is still not allowed, except at designated areas (but really, have you ever actually seen one of those?). Basically, you’re not allowed to smoke cannabis in B.C. anywhere where you would not be allowed to smoke tobacco. 

An interesting part of the law around cannabis in B.C. that you might not know is that you aren’t allowed to smoke cannabis on streets that are adjacent to school properties. So you might be walking past a school in your neighborhood with a joint, enjoying the evening, but you’re technically breaking the law. 

What amount of cannabis can I have?

The most important number to remember is 30 grams! If you like concentrates, 7.5 grams, and if you prefer edibles, 450 grams. 

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