Cannabis in the provinces and territories

Cannabis is not legal yet in Canada, except for authorized medical or scientific purposes. Once the Cannabis Act comes into force on October 17, 2018, provinces and territories will be responsible for determining how cannabis is distributed and sold within their jurisdictions.

Provinces and territories will have the ability to set rules around:

  • how cannabis can be sold
  • where stores may be located
  • how stores must be operated

Provinces and territories will also have the flexibility to set added restrictions, including:

  • lowering possession limits
  • increasing the minimum age
  • restricting where cannabis may be used in public
  • setting added requirements on personal cultivation

The federal, provincial and territorial governments, municipalities, Indigenous communities, the regulated industry and law enforcement will continue to work together to prepare for cannabis legalization and regulation.

You are responsible for knowing what will be legal in the province or territory where you live or visit.

Check your provincial or territorial website for more details:

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