Recreational weed is now legal in Canada, making it the second country in the world to federally legalize it.
Canada’s Cannabis Act went into effect on October 17, 2018 starting at midnight on the east coast. The government recommends a minimum age of 18 years old for consumption, but the legal age will be 19 in most provinces. Consumers can possess up to 30 grams of weed in public, buy flower and oil from licensed retailers, and grow up to four plants per residence for personal use. Edibles will not be available for purchase until 2019.
Canadians celebrated the news throughout the country. Toronto weed consumers held a “bud drop” at the stroke of midnight, while Newfoundland and Labrador residents arrived to dispensaries in droves.
The Canadian government is investing $46 million into public education that will roll out over the next five years, with goals to keep weed out of the hands of children, pregnant of breastfeeding mothers, and to keep high drivers off the road.
“Our goal on this is very much with a public safety and public health lens,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Make sure we’re protecting our kids, making sure we’re protecting our communities, making sure we’re replacing the organized crime.”