Weed Is Legal!
Wait, wait, wait. Before you get too excited, keep reading.
Yes, you are allowed to enjoy marijuana in its dry form (smoke, vape, etc) in your own home.
However, at the time of writing this article (March 29, 2019), you cannot legally purchase any edibles, oils or topical cannabis products. According to the Government of Canada’s website, they will have their structure for legally purchasing these items in place by October 17, 2019.
This screenshot is from the Government’s website:
This does not stop online mail order companies from selling these products, but before you buy, make sure you check your provincial laws and bylaws.
The federal law, as outlined in the Cannabis Act, states that you can legally purchase and possess up to 30 grams in public (per legally aged adult).
“I’m Just Gonna Grow a Ton and Never Run Out”
The Cannabis Act also covers the growing of cannabis plants. Each residence, no matter how many people live there, can only grow up to 4 plants.
For anyone that has grown before, you know this basically means harvesting 3 plants and 1 mother, because germinating 4 seeds to find out that 3 of them are male, and then you have one plant outgrowing the rest…sucks.
Also, paying for someone else’s clones really isn’t all that fun either.
So, How Do You Grow More Than 4?
That is quite simple. In most provinces, the government dispensaries were severely under-supplied as soon as they opened their doors. Imagine that, the government not knowing what they are doing…
So, just about anyone can grow for them and sell them dry marijuana, or run a nursery to grow and sell licensed clones and seeds.
Before you can do this, you need to apply for an account through Health Canada and have a secure location (you cannot get a licence to grow in your home). You will need to hire security, and probably some other helpers, and they all need to have accounts with Health Canada and be included on the licence. This is all to ensure proper chain of distribution, and that none of the product ends up in the hands of illegal sellers or children.
For updated changes to the Cannabis Act and information on legally growing cannabis for sale, click here for the Government of Canada’s “what you should know” page.