7 Things That Are Still Illegal in Canada Despite Marijuana Legalization

Canada legalized recreational marijuana today, which is a cause for cannabis lovers everywhere to celebrate. And while it is a major development, it doesn’t mean everything marijuana-related is now legal.

Here are seven things that are still illegal in Canada despite legalization:

1. Underage Use

Sorry, teens. Just because marijuana is now legal doesn’t mean you can use it. Canada has allowed recreational use by anyone 18-years-old or older, although some provinces require you to be 21 in order to buy it from a dispensary. But if you’re under 18, you’re out-of-luck.

2. Unlimited Home Grows

While Canadians are allowed to grow marijuana in their own home, there are limits. Canadians are only allowed four marijuana plants per residence. Any more and you could face some trouble. Check out our province-by-province breakdown to know how much is allowed where you live.

3. Selling Marijuana

While growing, buying and using marijuana are all legal, that doesn’t mean you can sell it as well. You need a license from the government to sell cannabis. So don’t start your own dispensary in your backyard without authorization.

4. Edibles

OK, edibles are not illegal. However they haven’t been officially approved for sale in Canada’s marijuana dispensaries. The government is looking into how to regulate edibles so they could be available as early as 2019.

5. Bringing Marijuana in or Out of the Country

You probably know this by now, but bringing marijuana into or out of Canada is still illegal. If you’re crossing the border into Canada from a U.S. state with legalized recreational marijuana, it’s still illegal to have marijuana while you do so. Go figure.

6. Lighting Up in Public

Don’t walk into Canada and expect to just light up a joint everywhere you go. Each province has their own laws and regulations about where you can and cannot use marijuana. So make sure you’re well-versed in those rules before you light up.

7. Canada

That’s right, Canada is now illegal, or at least in violation of international law. There are at least three international treaties that prohibit countries from allowing the recreational use or sale of drugs, and Canada is a signatory on all three. So they are in violation of those treaties. However, the only country that ever enforces these types of treaties is the United States of America, and considering there are multiple states that also allow recreational marijuana, the U.S. could likewise be seen as violating those treaties as well.


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