Non-medical cannabis, aka marijuana, became legal in Canada on October 17, 2018. Two locations in Fernie to open in August.
There are strict laws and regulations around the legalization of non-medical cannabis. Before you buy or use marijuana, learn more about what’s legal and what’s not.
- You must be 19 years or older to buy, possess or use cannabis in British Columbia. Adults are defined in BC as those 19 years or older. Edibles and concentrates are still illegal.
- BC's Cannabis Control and Licensing Act
- You can only buy cannabis at private or government-run shops and online. Two locations, one selling medical marijuana and one selling recreation marijuana, are expected to open in Fernie in August 2019. They will be located on the corner on Hwy 3 in Fernie.
- Adults can carry up to 30 grams of cannabis in public.
- Residents can grow up to 4 cannabis plants per household. There are rules for growing cannabis at home. It is illegal for a resident to sell the cannabis they grow.
- Smoking and vaping cannabis is allowed in most public spaces where you can smoke tobacco (cigarettes), however local governments can further regulate cannabis and private property owners/businesses can determine additional policies and rules as long as the federal, provincial and local regulations are adhered to.
- Smoking and vaping cannabis is not allowed in the following public places:
- Playgrounds, sports fields, skate parks, swimming pools and spray pools, or any decks or seating areas associated these places
- Public buildings, workplaces, or common areas of apartments, condos, or dormitories, and within six metres of air intakes, windows, and doorways attached to these places
- Within six metres of bus stops, transit shelters, train stations, ferry docks and similar places
- Regional and municipal parks, except for designated campsites
- Provincial parks, except for areas identified or designated
- Public patios
- Health board properties, except in designated smoking areas
- Campers in National Parks can smoke or vape in their campsites.
- Just as you cannot drink and drive, you cannot smoke or vape and drive. Drug-impaired drivers will face serious consequences, like fines, licence prohibitions and jail time. Impaired driving is illegal.
- It is illegal to take marijuana across the Canadian border. It doesn't matter whether you're leaving or entering Canada, or what the laws of your destination are. You can fly within Canada carrying cannabis (max. 30 grams).
For more information visit www.getcannabisclarity.ca