Legalization of Marijuana for Adult Social Use
"When it will be legal
"The Cannabis Act has received Royal Assent. Until October 17, 2018, it remains illegal to buy, possess or use cannabis for anything other than authorized medical or research purposes.
"Between now and coming into force, there will be a transition period for:
"the federal government
"provinces and territories
"the regulated industry and
"Law enforcement will continue to enforce existing laws.
"Reasons to legalize and regulate cannabis
"The new legal framework takes a public health approach to cannabis legalization and regulation.
"The new law will help to:
"better prevent youth from accessing cannabis
"displace the illegal cannabis market
"protect public health and safety with product quality and safety requirements for cannabis
"What is legal now
"Cannabis for medical purposes is legal if you are:
"authorized by a health professional and
"registered with a licensed producer or Health Canada.
"Access to cannabis for medical purposes will continue to be permitted after the Cannabis Act comes into force.
"Health Canada remains committed to maintaining a distinct system to provide patients with reasonable access to cannabis for medical purposes. Under the new Cannabis Act, individuals will still be able to:
"purchase cannabis directly from a federally licensed producer
"register to produce a limited amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes
"designate someone to produce it for them
"Laws in your area
"Each province and territory will have the ability to set its own rules for cannabis, including:
"legal minimum age
"where you can buy it
"where you can use it
"how much you can possess
"You must respect the laws of the province, territory or Indigenous community you are in, whether you are a visitor or live there.
"Individual municipalities may also pass bylaws to regulate the use of cannabis locally. Check your municipality for local information.
"It is illegal now and will remain illegal to take any amount of cannabis across Canada's international borders."
"Cannabis in Canada: Get the Facts." Government of Canada. Last accessed August 8, 2018.