Cannabis Information You Should Know
It is important to know the law and understand the health effects of cannabis in order to make an informed decision.
Legal Status of Cannabis
Recreational cannabis was legalized on October 17, 2018 by the Federal Government. See Canada’s cannabis laws.
Ontario’s Government has put rules in place to keep cannabis out of the hands of children and youth, keep our roads safe and combat the illegal market. Specific laws are now in place about how, where and who can buy and possess cannabis in the province. The government is also moving forward with a tightly regulated private retail model for cannabis that would launch by April 1, 2019. See Ontario’s cannabis laws.
Medical cannabis will continue to be subject to different rules than recreational cannabis.
The following are some of the laws for cannabis:
- Status: If 19 years or older it is legal to buy, have and grow cannabis in Ontario.
- Purchasing: In Ontario, it is legal to purchase cannabis online through the Ontario Cannabis Store. The Ontario government is still determining how non-medical cannabis will be purchased in person.
- Possession: One person can have 30g of cannabis in public
- Use: Cannabis can be smoked or vaped anywhere tobacco use is permitted. Some spaces cannabis cannot be consumed are any enclosed public spaces, workplaces, bar or restaurant patios, near playgrounds or in vehicles or boats.
- Driving: Drug-impaired driving is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. There is a zero-tolerance policy in Ontario, meaning young, novice or commercial drivers are not allowed to have any cannabis in their system when driving a motorized vehicle.
- Growing: One home can grow up to four plants (not per person). Seeds must be purchased online from the Ontario Cannabis Store.
- Edibles can be made at home, but they are illegal to sell or buy. The Canadian Government will address legalization of the sale of edibles in 2019.
Drug Impaired Driving
See our Drug and Alcohol Impaired Driving page for information on impaired driving by drug, how do police test for it, and what are the consequences.
Hash Out the Law Video
Check out this short video on a few of the basic laws for cannabis.
Health and Legal Information on Cannabis
Kingston Police has partnered with KFL&A Public Health, The City of Kingston, and Frontenac County Paramedic Services to provide information and education to our community on cannabis.
Detailed information is available on the KFL&A Public Health website.
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