The legalization of recreational weed in all 10 Canadian provinces is, in our opinion, a dope move by the G7 nation. In preparation since the government voted to end prohibition in June, the landmark news of 420 freedom has seen hundred-million-dollar deals executed by cannabis companies countrywide in anticipation of this week's legal sales launch.
With Canada joining Uruguay as the world's second nationwide recreational marijuana market, you're going to need to know what's what with weed in the Great White North, whether you're a Canadian resident or a tourist planning a trip. To that end, we've ground down the details of how and where you can now buy weed in Canada.
But if you were planning to casually jot down "weed" on your grocery list, think again; different Canadian provinces and territories have their own rules on how to buy and consume pot, with stipulations on legal age of purchase (19 everywhere except Alberta and Quebec, where the age limit is 18), possession limits, exactly where you can smoke, and whether or not weed will be sold by government-run stores only.
Here's the lowdown before you make that first online weed purchase in Canada.
Who can buy weed?
You must be at least 18 years old in Alberta and Quebec or 19 in the eight other provinces to carry and share up to 30 grams in public. You'll also be able to grow up to four plants in your own home and make edibles for personal use (the sale of edibles is still banned, but the government plans to change this in the near future).
Can I travel outside of Canada with weed?
Noooope. It remains illegal to transport marijuana and you will likely face criminal charges when trying to cross the border into the United States, even if you're going to one of the nine US states where recreational marijuana is legal.
Where can I buy weed?
There are different rules for different states. It won't be sold in the same locations as alcohol or tobacco and is more likely to be available at regulated retailers or federally licensed producers.
For the most part, however, provinces will have one federally run online shopping destination. BC Cannabis Stores in British Columbia, for instance, is now offering everything from flowers such as "Tangerine Dream," "Kinky Kush," and "Paradise" to pre-rolls.
Check out all the announced online destinations for your respective location below, or alternatively, visit your territory/province's official website for more stocklist details.