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Public consumption and cultivation

The federal government has legalized the recreational use of cannabis. Here’s what you need to know to ensure your use is legal.

Possession

The provincial government has established the following regulations:

  • You must be 19 years or older to purchase and possess up to 30 grams of recreational cannabis in public
  • If you are under 19 years of age, you cannot purchase, possess, or consume cannabis, and you cannot enter a cannabis store, even if you are accompanied by someone older than 19
  • If you are in a vehicle, your cannabis must be sealed and inaccessible to everyone in the vehicle

Consumption

The provincial government has established the following regulations: 

  • You must be 19 years or older to consume recreational cannabis
  • The consumption of cannabis in public is generally restricted to the same places where tobacco is permitted, but some restrictions may apply . Remember that Vancouver has additional regulations PDF file (73 KB) when it comes to smoking in public – it is prohibited at playgrounds, sports fields, skate parks, and other places where children commonly gather
  • Public consumption lounges are not permitted
  • Landlords or stratas may further restrict consumption for tenants and residents in their buildings, at their discretion

Cultivation

The federal and provincial governments have established the following regulations:

  • Up to four cannabis plants may be grown in a household (note this is per household, not per person in the house). If you have a daycare in your house, you cannot grow cannabis plants in the house
  • You must ensure all plants in the house are not visible to the public
  • Landlords or stratas may reduce the number of plants permitted in a household, at their discretion

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