What Does The Legalization of Cannabis Mean For You?

Your guide to the October 17th legalization

Let’s face it, legalization is super exciting but it’s also really confusing. Even though cannabis will be legal as of October 17th, there’ll still be tons of restrictions on what you can have, how much you can have, and when and where you can have it. Check out this guide to legalization to learn your rights and restrictions on what recreational cannabis usage means for you.
 

Where You Can Get It

Last month the Ontario government announced new plans for the cannabis legalization on October 17th. When it’s legal, people 19 and over can purchase cannabis online through the Ontario Cannabis Store, which will be the only legal option for purchasing recreational marijuana. You’ll be able to buy up to 30 grams (which is about one ounce) of dried recreational cannabis at one time for personal use, and you’ll be required to verify your age to accept the delivery.
 

Who Can Use It

Sorry youngsters, just like tobacco and alcohol you’ll need to be 19 and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis. It will also be illegal to drive drug-impaired because like other drugs, it slows your reaction time. So, no cannabis if you’ll be driving anytime soon.
 

Where You Can Use It

Don’t start celebrating just yet. Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean you can use it whenever, wherever (cue Shakira). As of October 17th, you’ll only be able to use recreational cannabis in a private residence, which includes the outdoor space of a home like a backyard or a porch. Things get a little tricky for you if you live in an apartment or a condo. You’re allowed to use cannabis in your unit or on your balcony if you live in a multi-unit building depending on your building’s rules or your lease, so technically your lease can still restrict your marijuana usage. What does this all mean? To sum it up, you still can’t use recreational cannabis in any public place, workplaces, or motorized vehicles.
 

Growing Plants

Want to grow your own? Starting October 17th, you’ll be able to purchase legal seeds from the Ontario Cannabis Store online, but there are still some more restrictions on that, too. You’ll only be able to grow up to four plants per residence, not per person. So if you live with any other cannabis users, you better start bribing them now.
 

How Much You Can Have

Just like you can only order 30 grams (about one ounce) at once, you can only carry a maximum of 30 grams of dried cannabis in public at any time.