While cannabis legalization has opened many doors for Canadian citizens in terms of natural alternatives for health benefits, pain relief and more, it is extremely important to ensure we are abiding by proper cannabis laws. While the Cannabis Act has set out federal laws for Canada, some laws differ between provinces as well.

Here’s everything you need to know prior to making a cannabis purchase in Ontario. Keep in mind, we do recommend furthering your research after reading this article.

Am I old enough to consume cannabis?

 While the federal Cannabis Act has set legal consumption age in Canada to 18 years old, each province has the authority to raise the legal each if they see fit. In Ontario, legal consumption age is 19 years old.

Where can I legally purchase cannabis?

The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) is the only legal retailer of recreational cannabis. Cannabis products can be purchased online through their website (www.ocs.ca). Legal medical cannabis purchases can also be made through Health Canada licensed sellers.

We anticipate that by April 2019, the framework will be in place for strictly regulated private retail stores to legally sell recreational cannabis.

How much cannabis can I have?

There is a maximum public possession limit of up to 30 grams of dried cannabis (or the oil equivalent). There is also a limit of four cannabis plants per private residential dwelling. Note that this is per dwelling, NOT per person.

Legal forms of cannabis

Cannabis can be purchased in the following forms:

  • Fresh cannabis
  • Dried cannabis
  • Cannabis oil
  • Cannabis plants for cultivation
  • Cannabis seeds for cultivation

Where can I legally consume cannabis?

* The following lists were derived directly from www.osc.ca.

You CAN consume cannabis in:

  • Private residential dwellings (including a front porch, balcony and backyard)
  • Most outdoor public places (sidewalks and parks)
  • Designated guest rooms in hotels, motels and inns
  • Controlled areas in residential care facilities, psychiatric facilities, veterans’ facilities and residential hospices
  • Boats and vehicles when used as a temporary or permanent living space and not in use (excludes boats carrying passengers)

You CANNOT consume cannabis in:

  • Enclosed public spaces and all workplaces
  • Indoor common areas of condominiums, apartment buildings and university residences
  • Schools and school grounds, and within 20 metres of the grounds of a school and community centre
  • Restaurant and bar patios, and public areas within nine metres of a patio
  • Child-care centres, home child-care centres and where an early years program or service is provided
  • Children’s playgrounds
  • Outdoor grounds of hospitals and certain Ontario government buildings
  • Publicly owned sporting areas (except golf courses)
  • Vehicles and boats that are being operated by the user (in the case of all forms of consumption) or under someone’s care or control (in the case of cannabis being smoked or vaped)

Have more questions about Ontario cannabis laws? Contact us – we’re here to help.