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Canadian Federal Regulations


Canada - Federal

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:

  • Possess up to 30 grams of legal cannabis, dried or equivalent in non-dried form
  • Share up to 30 grams of legal cannabis with other adults
  • Buy dried or fresh cannabis flower and cannabis oil from provincially licensed retail outlets
  • Purchase cannabis online under provincially mandated frameworks. In provinces that do not have provincially licenced retailers, online sales will be permitted
  • grow up to 4 cannabis plants per residence for personal use from licenced seed or seedlings
  • make cannabis products such as infused food or drink at home provided organic solvents are not used to create concentrated products

pan of browniesEdibles and Concentrates

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.

Medicinal Marijuana

Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (CMPR) remain regulated by Health Canada and are not covered by the Cannabis Act of 2018.