WINNIPEG, MB - Across the country, people are talking about the upcoming legalization of cannabis. But what does the proposed Cannabis Act mean for you and your community? Here are some things you need to know.
Protections for youth. The proposed Cannabis Act would restrict people under the age of 18 from accessing cannabis (note that the minimum age of purchase may be higher depending on your province or territory). The proposed Act would make it a criminal offence to give or sell it to youth, or use youth to commit a cannabis-related offence. Promotion and advertising and products and packaging that are appealing to youth would also be prohibited.
Legal limits. If the Act becomes law this summer, adults 18 and over (19 in some provinces and territories) would be able to possess up to 30 grams of legal dried cannabis in public or its equivalent and share up to 30 grams with other adults. Depending on your province or territory, the cannabis possession limits may be lower.
Where to purchase. Adults would be able to legally purchase dried or fresh cannabis, cannabis plants and seeds, and cannabis oil from a licensed retailer in their province or territory. Other products, such as cannabis edible products and concentrates, would be available for purchase within 12 months following the coming into force of the proposed Cannabis Act. By that time, regulations would be put in place to address the specific risks associated with these types of products.
Homemade options. Under the proposed Cannabis Act, adults would be allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants per residence for personal use with seeds or seedlings purchased from a licensed retailer. Depending on your province or territory, the limit may be lower and additional restrictions may apply. Adults could also make cannabis products, such as food and drinks, at home provided that organic solvents such as butane, propane or other similar substances are not used. These substances are highly flammable and explosive, and using them can cause fires or explosions that can not only result in property damage, but also in serious injuries or even death.
New criminal penalties. Penalties would target those acting outside the legal framework, such as those involved in organized crime, and would be in proportion to the seriousness of the offence. Sanctions would range from warnings and tickets for minor offences to criminal prosecution and imprisonment for more serious offences.
Find more information at canada.ca/cannabis.
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