Over the last few years, Canada has had its share of movement in recent years with respect to the legalization of weeds, edible products and concentrates. Much of this movement has resulted in positive decisions; helping to legalize cannabis in a plethora of forms.
Even though there are many differences in geology, form and law throughout the Great White North that can be confusing (and potentially legally dangerous). From province to province, it can be difficult to know if the laws you are used to are the same as those in your current geographic location. This creates a lot of problems, anxiety and uncertainty across Canada for Aboriginal people who enjoy a puff or two because they don’t know if they are breaking the law, without even knowing it.
The Legality Update was created to help alleviate these fears and uncertainties. Here’s the current state of weed, edibles and concentrates across Canada.
Weed Legality in Canada
Marijuana (or cannabis) was legalized across Canada on October 27, 2018, allowing for the legal purchase of grass online and in stores. However, this legalization, known as the Cannabis Act, was accompanied by strict regulations on who could use grass, how much an adult could possess, and strict penalties for violations.
The basics of the Cannabis Law laid out:
You must be 18 years of age or older to use or possess cannabis.
You must not have more than 30 grams of legal, dried or equivalent cannabis in undried form in public.
You may only share 30 grams of legal cannabis with other adults.
You must purchase pot from a Providence-sanctioned dealer.
When the Canadian public was first introduced to the Cannabis Act, it was a major victory for the Canadian public, but it was still highly regulated and heavily enforced; especially since there was still the stigma that pot was an illegal substance. Nevertheless, Canada reported that dried cannabis accounted for 92% of total sales, with 5390545 packaged units sold in 2019.
Information on various aspects of cannabis legalization is available on the country’s website, under the Cannabis Stats Hub. While there is a plethora of useful information and anonymous data collection by Canadians, especially regarding the price of the herb, it is intrusive. The micro-management of these statistics shows how closely the Canadian government monitors each sale and how this sale affects the criminal dynamics of cannabis use.
Can we eat weed edibles legally in Canada?
The sale of edible products was legalized a little less than a year after pot, on October 17, 2019. This law was an amendment to the original Cannabis Act and was created with two specific objectives, according to the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Working Group:
In order to displace the illegal market.
To keep profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime.
Of course, edible weeds in Canada continue to be tightly regulated because of the alleged health and safety risks they pose. The reason edible products are considered potentially more dangerous than smoking grass is that the effects of edible products take longer to manifest themselves and the effect can last much longer. Although this is preferred for many users, the safety rules, especially for people driving and working under the influence, are extended by several hours.
This is why a person of eighteen years of age or older can only have 15 grams of edible food in his or her possession. Nevertheless, edible products are still legal in Canada.
However, due to the strict restrictions, the market has only recently begun to open up. Although edible products were legalized in October 2019, supply did not even begin to catch up with demand until December 2019. Even now, there is no guarantee that adults looking for certain edible products will be able to acquire them at will.
But edible suppliers continue to work diligently to keep what their customers want most in stock.
Concentrate legality in Canada
On October 17, 2019, concentrates became legal for Canadians at the same time as edible products became legal. However, even with the full range of cannabis products with recreational legality across the country, there are still many different specifications, especially for weed concentrates.
These concentrates can only be sold in the form of ingested capsules and vaporization products.
Vape concentrate products can only contain 1000 mg of THC.
The maximum package size that can be sold is 90 ml for liquid extracts, provided it is less than 3% THC.
None of the concentrated products may contain added vitamins, minerals, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, sugars, colorants or sweeteners.
Of course, the last one is a bit tricky, as far as colors and sweeteners are concerned. Although, as Canadians and the rest of the world have done throughout this process, they will continue to take what they can get.
These concentrates contain the most desirable parts of the cannabis plant and therefore may be the most potent. While the main concern here, especially for the Canadian government, is consumption, there are many different products available