The Canadian government defended the right of citizens regarding growing weed in their homes, within the framework of a bill that legalizes the recreational use of this substance.
Cannabis for recreational use is legal in Canada since October 17, 2018, and medical marijuana has been legal since 2001. This country allows its citizens to buy marijuana on the internet or stores, and even grow a certain number of plants in their own house.
This legislative change has been catalyzed by the Cannabis Act. In Canada, those over 18 can buy flowers, oils, plants, and cannabis seeds from various vendors. Depending on the different provincial or regional laws, customers have to buy their products in state-owned stores or private businesses.
By legalizing cannabis, the federal government left the decision of how to sell the herb in the hands of the provinces. The sale of cannabis is only legal for adults, but some provinces require the buyer to be 19 or older.
Canadians can own up to 30g of dried grass (or equivalent) in public and can share up to 30g of flowers with other adults legally.
Before legalization, the idea of sitting in front of the computer and asking for marijuana at home was like a dream, something that smokers joked in a cannabis session. Nowadays, it is a reality, and it is a great advantage for both consumers of medicinal and recreational use.
The adults of all Canadian provinces can buy cannabis online through companies that belong to the government. The only exceptions to this rule are Saskatchewan and Manitoba, where citizens can buy cannabis online from private companies.
Criminal Penalties Still Exist
Despite the tolerance of Canadian cannabis law, the Cannabis Law also provides criminal penalties for various crimes. The illegal sale or distribution of cannabis can result in small fines, and the most serious infractions can lead to up to 14 years in jail.
Possessing an amount exceeding the established limit can result in fines for small amounts, and the most serious crimes can be punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
Cannabis And Driving
In Canada, it is illegal to drive while intoxicated, and there is zero-tolerance for those who drive under the influence of cannabis. The police can analyze the presence of THC in the blood by testing breathalyzer in the breath; Obtaining levels of 5 nanograms per ml of blood can cause serious problems.
If you find a driver with these THC levels in your blood, you can face a minimum fine of $ 1,000 (approximately € 860) for the first offense; a second infraction would mean 30 days in prison and, in case of more infractions, he could spend a minimum of 120 days in jail.
Smoking In Public
Smoking marijuana in public places has legal limitations similar to those of smoking tobacco. Smoking in smoke-free areas can cause problems, but smoking in open areas where you can smoke tobacco, such as parks, may be acceptable in some regions. In most provinces, smoking cannabis is limited to the domestic sphere.