10 Things To Know About Canada’s Looming Marijuana Legalization
With legalization planned to take effect next summer, many are still wondering what legal cannabis means for them and what regulations the government has in store. Canada’s thriving medical marijuana market has shown that cannabis can be regulated and dispensed in a manner that is safe and economically beneficial to not only cannabis businesses, but local and federal economies as well. Legalization doesn’t mean a free-for-all with hash parties in the streets. There are common sense restrictions that will remain in place to ensure cannabis consumers stay safe. Here are the top ten things you need to know about Canada’s legalization bill.
Any marijuana purchased on the black market, outside the framework of Canadian regulation is still illegal. That means buying from licensed facilities will be the only legal source of cannabis.
Just like cigarettes, anyone over the age of 18 will be able to purchase recreational marijuana.
Adults will be able to purchase up to 30 grams, a little more than an ounce. If you are inclined to cultivate your own at home, it is looking like there will be a four plant limit, however it is unclear if this is in a flowering state or inclusive of all vegetating plants.
Each province will b in control of its own regulations. The needs of the community vary from place to place. Allowing local interests to decide how marijuana is dispensed, and to set their own tax rates will better allow them to fulfill their own needs better than a national standard.
Cut and dried flower, concentrates and seeds are what will be available on day one. The government has plans to regulate cannabis edibles, however, controversy over potency seems to have prevented their inclusion in the original bill. Expect to see edibles on the menu not too long after the initial bugs with legalization get worked out.
Any areas that stall on implementing a system of distribution will be allowed to mail order their weed from one of the many federally licensed growers. This is an incredible safety net for those who may live in a part of the country whose municipality is opposed to legalization.
Tourists will be able to purchase recreational pot from a legal dispensary, however, you can expect frisks at the border to go up exponentially. Canada’s legalization may bring an onslaught of immigration from our neighbor to the south. You never know, we might need a wall of our own.
Adults will be allowed to make cannabis infused products at home for personal use, however, there is no word on home-made concentrates. Being that people have been known to blow themselves up in the process, I would expect that home made extracts will be out.
No changes to medical marijuana systems are expected. If the recreational trend follows what is happening in places like Colorado, recreational pot will come with a steeper price tag, so keep your med card handy.
Once pot goes legal, don’t think about getting behind the wheel. The new bill came chocked full of wordage designed around cutting back at stoned driving. Driving with an unlawful amount of THC in your blood will get you everything from steep fines to time behind bars.
Cory Hughes is a former police officer turned cannabis cultivator and writer. After years of being on the wrong side of the law, Cory decided to hang up his badge and gun and move into an industry that truly has the potential of bringing people together. He has been an active part of the Colorado cannabis culture and has worked as a horticulturist in dozens of licensed grow operations. Cory now looks to share his knowledge of cultivation and horticulture with the world.