The Cannabis Act of 2018 (“the Act”) makes cannabis officially legal for recreational use under federal law in Canada on October 17, 2018.
That means the federal laws prohibiting use and possession of cannabis have changed. The federal legislation is broad based and allows the ten provincial and three territorial governments to establish their own frameworks for sales, distribution, recreational consumption, and age-of-access.
Each province and territory will have its own unique set of rules and regulations. Please select a province or territory to learn more about cannabis regulation in other jurisdictions.
| British Columbia | Alberta | Saskatchewan | Manitoba | Ontario | Quebec | New Brunswick | Nova Scotia |
| Newfoundland | Prince Edward Island | Yukon Territory | Northwest Territories | Nunavut |
Under the Act, adults who are age 18 or older (subject to provincial or territorial restrictions) are legally able to:
Edible products and cannabis concentrates are not covered under the Act.
The federal government anticipates edible and concentrate products to be legalized for sale by federal legislation in late 2019. This means recreational edibles are NOT yet legal for sale in Canada.
Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (CMPR) remain regulated by Health Canada and are not covered by the Cannabis Act of 2018.