Marijuana legalization in Canada has brought with it a slew of social and legal changes the courts and law professionals are still navigating through. However, there are some key points you need to be aware of before you can enjoy a good puff of that sweet, sweet Hindu Kush.
While you can now buy weed in Canada legally, specific distribution channels and restrictions vary on a province-by-province basis. While some will allow you to buy weed in Canada from private stores and online sites, others will restrict sale to government-run stores and sites. In Ontario, the only way to buy weed legally is from the Ontario Cannabis Store website.
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While marijuana is available in legal dispensaries or online sites across the country, Canadians can also grow their own marijuana plants for personal use. People are allowed 4 plants per household in Canada; however, Quebec and Manitoba may introduce provincial legislation to prevent residences from growing their own marijuana plants, even for recreational use.
Additionally, some municipalities across the country are restricting public weed smoking, so be aware of where you light up!
Under no circumstances are you allowed to drive while under the influence of marijuana in Canada. Driving while high is an indictable offense that can yield hundreds of dollars in fines and up to 10 years in prison.
Roadside drug testing in Ontario involves the administration of a saliva test that analyzes the amount of THC in the driver's system. If you have 1-5 nanograms of THC in your blood, you could face a fine up to $1,000, as well as suspension of driving privileges.
However, if roadside drug testing in Ontario finds more than five nanograms, you could be convicted and sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, if you don't have a dependable defence attorney on your side. So, no, you can't drive high with a medical card in Canada.