10 things that are still illegal after cannabis legalization
|CTVnews 18 Oct 2018 at 07:21|
As the high from Wednesdays historic cannabis legalization wears off, there are a few legal footnotes worth taking note of before lighting up again.
Despite being allowed to use or even grow marijuana, Canadians can still be charged if theyre caught breaking a number of important laws accompanying legalization.
CTVNews.ca has rounded up 10 actions that will still be considered crimes now that cannabis has been given the green light.
1. Buying edibles
Under Bill C-45, or the Cannabis Act, Canadians can now consume and make their own edibles, but they arent allowed to purchase them yet. As the federal government works out the finer details on regulating the production and sale of food items containing cannabis, pot brownie lovers will just have to settle for baking their own at home.
The government has said that edibles will be permitted for legal sale within one year of legalization, but its not clear when that exact date will be or what the timeline will look like for the year ahead.
2. Selling cannabis without a license
As Canadians in nearly every province have permission to grow their own marijuana plants at home, it may be tempting to sell the occasional gram of pot to a friend or two to earn a quick buck. Its also illegal.
Unless theyre a licensed retailer, any individual who sells cannabis to others can face steep fines and possible jail time.
To avoid punishment, its safer just to give the pot to others free of charge so long as its less than 30 grams worth. If its more than that amount, an individual could be charged under Bill C-45s distribution laws and face up to 14 years in prison.
3. Giving pot to a minor
The distribution laws under Bill C-45 state that its a criminal offence for anyone over the age of 18 to give or sell cannabis to a minor under the age of 18. That means that an 18 year old who passes a joint to their 17-year-old friend at a party could still be charged with distributing marijuana to a minor.
The offense is punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
4. Consuming anywhere in public
Just because cannabis is legal that doesnt mean that Canadians can now smoke up wherever they want. For example, residents in Manitoba can only consume cannabis in private residences while a number of other provinces allow it in public areas where smoking tobacco is permitted.
The rules can also vary on a municipal level, so its important for Canadians to familiarize themselves with the regulations in the area where they live.
5. Carrying more than 30 grams in public
Even though Canadians are allowed to store more than 30 grams of cannabis, or the equivalent in non-dried form, in their homes, theyre not allowed to travel around in public with that amount on them.