The discussion is not so simple, due to the diversity of cannabis laws and regulations across Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories, which requires having your wits about you as you travel cross country.
Nova Scotia is almost ready for October 17 and has given a sneak peek into their stores. Some critics are challenging the province’s current approach to product categorization as it may be outside of the marketing and advertising limitations set by the federal government.
Not all types of cannabis will be legal on October 17. Certain products like edibles and vape pens won’t be legal for sale until the government has found a consistent way to regulate the industry and the dosage.
With legalization just a short few weeks away, it is critical for responsible cannabis users to know their rights when it comes to enjoying cannabis. Here is a summary of most of the critical things you need to know!
The government of Canada recently announced that they have selected Drager 5000 as the first device for doing roadside test for Cannabis and a few other substances. This decision was approved by Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould, with a goal to uphold the penalties defined in Bill C-46. This device is to be used by officers after someone is pulled over and there is suspicion that they may be under the influence of a substance.
Last October the Government of Canada announced that it will allocate a total of $46 million dollars for public education and awareness over five years (2017 - 2022). Health Canada recently mentioned that the planned investment in cannabis public education is more than $100 million dollars over the next six years (2018 - 2024).
Young people continue to be the largest group of drivers who die in crashes and later test positive for alcohol or drugs. Canadian parents concerned about legalization of cannabis, agree not enough information available to youth about cannabis use risks.
Every Canadian adult will be able to purchase cannabis on the internet starting October 17 via government-controlled websites. Each province will also have a number of brick and mortar stores either run by the provincial agency or by private companies.
Every province has different rules where you are allowed and not allowed to smoke legally. In Ontario, New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland,Saskatchewan and Yukon you can only smoke at home. On the other hand Nova Scotia, Quebec, Northwest territories and Nunavut will allow you to smoke cannabis where you can smoke cigarettes.