Your Guide to Buying and Consuming Cannabis in the Canadian Territories

Cannabis is now legal across Canada, but not all provinces and territories share the same rules and regulations. To help you navigate the confusing landscape of rules and regs, here’s guide on where you can buy weed, where you can smoke it, how much you can grow at home in Canada's three territories.

You can also check out our province-by-province guide here.

Yukon

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Anyone looking to buy weed in the Yukon who also looks under 30 can expect to be asked for ID at the entrance to the store before being invited into the sales area. Anyone under 19, or anyone who already appears to be intoxicated, should not expect to make it through the door.

A maximum of 12 people are allowed in the retail showroom at any given time.

How old do I have to be to legally buy weed in Yukon?

In Yukon, the legal age to purchase, sell, or consume cannabis is 19. Minors who get caught with more than five grams in their possession might face criminal charges under federal law.

Where can I buy cannabis?

In the beginning, there will be one retail store for cannabis, located at 120B Industrial Rd. People can also buy online at cannabisyukon.org.

How much cannabis can I possess?

Those of legal age can possess up to 30 grams of cannabis at a time, which is the same limit in every other Canadian province and territory. There’s no limit on how much you can keep at home.

What products will be available on the legal market?

Whole and ground flower, pre-rolls, oil, capsules and seeds are all available on the legal market as of day one of legalization.

What about edibles?

The feds have announced that we'll have to wait up to a year before edibles will be approved for sale anywhere in Canada. If you don't want to wait, you can always make them at home, provided you don’t plan to sell them. Otherwise you'll have to wait until sometime in 2019 before you can buy a cannabis-infused snack.

Where can I smoke?

As in most of Canada, the government asks that people keep their use restricted to private spaces. There’s a major push to keep weed out of young people’s hands/lungs.

Landlords can also restrict use, so be sure to cross-check your lease agreement.

Can I grow cannabis myself?

As per federal law, adults can grow up to four plants per household. However, landlords and condo boards can set their own rules about growing in their units.

Nunavut

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The Nunavut government talks a lot about risk mitigation and "combating illegal sales of surrarnaqtuq" (the official Inuktitut word for cannabis). Unlike in other parts of Canada, 'public intoxication' is illegal alongside public consumption. Municipalities will be able to further restrict public use, and councils must approve any cannabis shop the territorial government wants to install.

How old do I have to be to legally buy weed in Nunavut?

In Nunavut, the legal age to purchase, sell, or consume cannabis is 19. Minors who get caught with more than five grams in their possession might face criminal charges under federal law.

Where can I buy cannabis?

Like most other things in Nunavut, cannabis is being sold remotely, both online and over the phone through the Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Division stores, and through agents of the division in other locations. No physical locations will open in 2018, howeverall sales will be remote in the beginning, as the government says more consultation is needed.

How much cannabis can I possess?

It is legal to carry up to 30 grams of dried flower in public, which is the legal maximum under federal law. Nunavut might also decide to instate a legal max for how much can be kept in the home in order to stop people from selling illegally.

What products will be available on the legal market?

For now, customers in Nunavut can purchase pre-rolls, flower, oil, capsules and seeds online.

What about edibles?

The feds have announced that we'll have to wait up to a year before edibles will be approved for sale anywhere in Canada. If you don't want to wait, you can always make them at home, provided you don’t plan to sell them. Otherwise you'll have to wait until sometime in 2019 before you can buy a cannabis-infused snack.

Where can I smoke?

The government has placed the same restrictions on cannabis as it has on tobacco. It might allow landlords to place restrictions on whether people can smoke in their homes, too. For now, it is illegal to smoke anywhere tobacco is restricted, which includes in vehicles, school grounds, hospital or health centre grounds and playgrounds. For the time being, cannabis cafes are not legal, either, but the government says they are not out of the question for the future.

Can I grow cannabis myself?

As per federal law, each household can have four cannabis plants. Initially, Nunavut planned to ban people from growing their own weed at home, but the territory scrapped that plan at the last minute.

Northwest Territories

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Due to the fact that it is so far removed from the rest of the country, legal weed is a little harder to get in the Northwest Territories. It is available in five different liquor stores, but you can’t leave the store with your weed. After completing your purchase, it will be delivered later to the address on your ID. The majority of sales are expected to happen online.

It may not always be this way, though: the government says it may legitimize private retailers in the future, and growing your own at home will also be legal, as outlined by the federal government.

How old do I have to be to legally buy weed in the Northwest Territories?

In the Northwest Territories, the legal age to purchase, sell, or consume cannabis is 19. Minors who get caught with more than five grams in their possession might face criminal charges under federal law.

Where can I buy cannabis?

Mostly, sales will happen online at the Northwest Territories Liquor and Cannabis Commission. Legal weed will also be available in five NWT Liquor stores. To buy it, people will have to request their products directly from the cashier in a sectioned off area. Then, it’ll be shipped to the address provided on their ID.

How much cannabis can I possess?

It is legal to carry up to 30 grams of dried flower in public, which is the legal max under federal law. In a vehicle, cannabis must be kept away from drivers and any other occupants.

What products will be available on the legal market?

Fresh or dried weed, oils and seeds are all available as of day one of legalization. The government says it already has about 100 different products on hand, 10 of which will be made available on legalization day.

What about edibles?

The feds have announced that we'll have to wait up to a year before edibles will be approved for sale anywhere in Canada. If you don't want to wait, you can always make them at home, provided you don’t plan to sell them. Otherwise you'll have to wait until sometime in 2019 before you can buy a cannabis-infused snack.

Where can I smoke?

In the Northwest Territories, you can smoke at home, at other private residences, on roads and trails (as long as you’re not also driving), and in public parks, as long as there’s not some sort of event happening there. Local governments can make other rules around this, however.

Can I grow it myself? How much?

It will be legal to grow up to four plants per household, as long as they’re from licensed seeds. However, landlords and condo boards can set their own rules about growing in their units.

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