Cannabis in the provinces and territories

The Cannabis Act came into force on October 17, 2018. Provinces and territories are responsible for determining how cannabis is distributed and sold within their jurisdictions.

They set rules around:

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

Provinces and territories 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

Each province and territory has its own excise stamp for legal cannabis products.

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

We have provided links to all provinces and territories, with a brief outline of what is legal there (as of October 17, 2018). Go to your provincial or territorial website for more details.

Alberta

Link to Alberta's website
Legal age: 18
Where legal to buy: Private licensed stores or online
Public possession limit: 30 grams
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: orange

British Columbia

Link to British Columbia's website
Legal age: 19
Where legal to buy: Government-operated stores or online
Public possession limit: 30 grams
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: teal

Manitoba

Link to Manitoba's website
Legal age: 19
Where legal to buy: Private licensed stores or online
Public possession limit: 30 grams
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: grey

New Brunswick

Link to New Brunswick's website
Legal age: 19
Where legal to buy: Government-operated stores or online
Public possession limit: 30 grams
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: red

Newfoundland and Labrador

Link to Newfoundland and Labrador's website
Legal age: 19
Where legal to buy: Private licensed stores or online
Public possession limit: 30 grams
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: gold

Northwest Territories

Link to Northwest Territories' website
Legal age: 19
Where legal to buy: Government-operated stores or online
Public possession limit: 30 grams
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: brown

Nova Scotia

Link to Nova Scotia's website
Legal age: 19
Where legal to buy: Government-operated stores or online
Public possession limit: 30 grams
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: purple

Nunavut

Link to Nunavut's website
Legal age: 19
Where legal to buy: Government-operated online store or by phone
Public possession limit: 30 grams
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: dark blue

Ontario

Link to Ontario's website
Legal age: 19
Where legal to buy: Government-operated online store
Public possession limit: 30 grams
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: yellow

Prince Edward Island

Link to Prince Edward Island's website
Legal age: 19
Where legal to buy: Government-operated stores or online
Public possession limit: 30 grams
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: dark green

Quebec

Link to Quebec's website
Legal age: 18
Where legal to buy: Government-operated stores or online
Public possession limit: 30 grams
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: light blue

Saskatchewan

Link to Saskatchewan's website
Legal age: 19
Where legal to buy: Private licensed stores or online
Public possession limit: 30 grams
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: light green

Yukon

Link to Yukon's website
Legal age: 19
Where legal to buy: Government-operated stores or online
Public possession limit: 30 grams
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: pink

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