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Current State of Cannabis in Canada

Posted by BK on 16th Feb 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that the proposed Cannabis Act will become law next summer. With the legalization of pot across Canada, each province will have its own say in how marijuana is sold and used. As such, the rules will vary depending on which province you are in. Thus far, only Ontario has passed its own cannabis law. Here’s what you need to know about Canada’s federal pot policy along with links to more details for each province.

Canada’s Cannabis Act, Bill C-45

The House of Commons of Canada passed Bill C-45 (the Cannabis Act) on November 27, 2017 to:

• Provide legal access to cannabis

• Control and regulate the production, distribution and sale of cannabis

• Prevent young people from accessing cannabis

• Establish strict product safety and product quality requirements

• Deter criminal activity with serious criminal penalties

• Reduce the burden on the criminal justice system in relation to cannabis

Federal limits on cannabis in Canada include the following:

Legal age: Same as alcohol age limits with the exception of Manitoba

Possession: Up to 30 grams of dried cannabis (some provinces allow you to have more at home)

Home cultivation: Up to four marijuana plants per residence with the exception of Manitoba and Québec which intend to prohibit home cultivation altogether

Public use: Varies by province and territory

Marijuana dispensaries: Some provinces allow only for publicly owned stores while others allow for private dispensaries.

Cannabis Labeling in Canada

The Cannabis Act’s Subdivision B covers the packaging and labeling of cannabis and cannabis accessories. For those authorized to sell cannabis, the packaging and label may not:

•Be appealing to young people

•Contain testimonials or endorsements

•Depict people, animals, or characters of any sort including real or fictional

•Associate the item or elements of the item in such a manner to evoke emotions related to glamour, recreation, excitement, vitality, risk or daring

•Contain false, misleading or deceptive information or information that is likely to create an erroneous impression about the cannabis product’s “characteristics, value, quantity, composition, strength, concentration, potency, purity, quality, merit, safety, health effects or health risks.”

The Health Department has confirmed that the proposed Cannabis Act is intended to go into force no later than July 2018.

Provincial Pot Policies in Canada

Ontario Cannabis Laws

Québec Cannabis Policies

British Columbia Cannabis Policies

Alberta Cannabis Policies

Nova Scotia Cannabis Policies

Saskatchewan Cannabis Policies

Newfoundland and Labrador Cannabis Policies

Manitoba Cannabis Policies

New Brunswick Cannabis Policies

Prince Edward Island Cannabis Policies

Yukon Cannabis Policies

Top Selling Cannabis Label Printers in Canada

DuraFast Label Company helps producers throughout Canada bring cannabis label printing in house with leading marijuana label printers such as the Epson TM-C7500G. This is a fast, affordable colour label printer well-suited for the Canadian cannabis industry. We also carry blank labels, label printer accessories such as rewinders and label applicators, replacement inks and toners, and other supplies. Contact us today to learn more.