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Russia Leads Anti-Drug Bloc’s Condemnation of Canadian Cannabis Legalization

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Canada-wide cannabis shortages could last years, producers warn

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How Canada Legalized Weed

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Legal Cannabis in Canada October 17th!

Alison’s usual Battle Globally, Medical Cannabis …

Why Is Canada Giving All Its Weed Taxes to Cops?

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Legal cannabis is here, it’s time to answer some burning questions – CBC NEWS

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  • WATCH: A special one-hour presentation of The National Conversation will air Tuesday Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on CBC News Network and streamed online

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CBC Radio One – Toronto, Oct 13, 2018

Our Good Friend Robert “Rosie” Rowbotham talks about
Legalization In Canada on October 17, 2018

CBC Radio – Day 6

No pain is the biggest gain of all for psilocybin user Alison Myrden

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A team of Johns Hopkins researchers is calling for magic mushrooms to be made legally available as medicine

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First time Ever Globally with a Medical #MagicMushroom Authorization!

The Legalization Issue: From medpot to the next frontier – psychedelics as medicine

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Ontario government to allow pot smoking wherever tobacco smoking allowed

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Alison was Speaking at Guelph University  on September 25, 2018

at the Albert A. Thornbrough Building (Rm 1200) Professor Norman Dubeski Deviant Behaviour Class

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New Clinical Study of Cluster Headaches, Investigating the Efficacy of Psilocybin, is Now Recruiting Participants

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The science of psilocybin and its use to relieve suffering – YouTube

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Drug danger chart shows which drugs you should never mix, and which you totally should

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A Complete List Of The Punishments For Driving High On Marijuana In Every Canadian Province

Some provinces are more severe than others.

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Lawyer urges B.C. Supreme Court to toss application to close medical marijuana dispensaries

Canada’s most storied pot felon ponders legalization

Our good friend Rosie Rowbotham … August 21, 2018

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Cannabis users will drive into murky territory when they get behind the wheel

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Puff Jam August 10-12, 2018

Millgrove, Ontario

Alison will be speaking at 4:00 PM Saturday

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Cannabis and Driving

August 9, 2018

With the soon to be Legal Cannabis in Canada there are many people concerned about Driving – Go to – Cannabis and Driving for the most recent articles and research

Alison SPOKE AT London, Ontario
at the Cannabis 101 Event

The BMO Centre – 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT – Wednesday July 25th, 2018

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History of cannabis in Canada: A timeline of the legalization movement

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Disability benefit recipients denied medical marijuana coverage

‘I look at all the medications I’ve taken over the years, and they don’t help like medical marijuana’

Story from CBC – Disability and Medical Marijuana Coverage

July 9, 2018
Read Story in The Globe and Mail – Decriminalization of all drugs for personal use

Legal Cannabis October 17th, 2018!

Great Article on Magic Mushrooms – Globe and Mail

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Trudeau says pot will be legal as of Oct. 17, 2018 | CBC News

CBC – Cannabis Legal October 17th, 2018

Story by Laura Stone – Globe and Mail

Bill Blair on amnesty re: :

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Senate passes pot bill, paving way for legal cannabis in 8 to 12 weeks

Federal government’s bill legalizing recreational cannabis passes 52-29

Senate Passes Bill C45 (Cannabis)

Marijuana bill inches closer to passage with House vote

Bill C-45 now heads back to the Senate for another debate

Cannabis Bill Back to the Senate

Pot legalization battle brewing as government rejects key Senate change

Provinces’ right to ban homegrown cannabis emerging as key issue for some senators

The federal government is rejecting several Senate changes

Senate votes to pass legalization of recreational pot, amended bill now goes back to House of Commons …

Senate Passes Cannabis Legalization

Our Good friend Rosie Rowbotham in the Guardian …

I served 20 years for cannabis.
Now the police are cashing in on it

The same authorities who hounded dealers are now investors in cannabis – and there’s still no amnesty for past convictions. The hypocrisy is staggering

Over the course of my life, I have been convicted in four separate trials, sentenced to a total of 69 years in prison, and after many appeals served just over 20 of them – the first two in maximum security. I was finally released on parole in 1997.

Given the length of time I was incarcerated, you might be thinking that I was involved in hard drugs or violence. After all, some murderers do less time than I did.

But my crime? Conspiracy to import, possess and sell cannabis.

I brought in tons of hash from the Middle East and tons of pot from Jamaica, Mexico and Colombia. Toronto’s infamous Rochdale College was my home base. After my first trial, I told the judge: “I’m going to do it again” – and I did – but I can assure you I never got involved with any harder drugs, let alone anything violent. I was strictly a pot guy: a hippy capitalist from Belleville, Ontario, who wanted as big a piece of the North American market as he could get.

In jail, I saw myself as a prisoner of the war on drugs – one of the thousands of others who lost part of their future in the long, cruel and ultimately futile attempt to stop people from buying, selling and smoking weed.

Norman Mailer testified on my behalf at my first trial, Neil Young at my second. Young told the court that he took exception to the prevailing stereotype of deadbeat pot smokers who could never make a positive contribution to society, pointing out that he was a prodigious toker and yet he still likely paid more taxes than everyone else in the court room combined.

Now a new day is dawning in Canada – or so it seems. Possession of pot for recreational use is about to be legalized. Canadians will be able to possess up to 30 grams, buy it, share it, put it into edibles and grow a few plants.

To be honest, I’ve never considered myself to be a marijuana activist. I wasn’t a campaigner for legalization: I was making big money, and legalization would have been bad for my business.

I also don’t trust or respect politicians, especially when it comes to pot. In 1969, the prime minister, Pierre Trudeau, set up the LeDain Commission to study the pot scene in Canada. After hearing from thousands of Canadians, the report recommended cannabis possession be legalized. I was 18 at the time, a pot smoker and hopeful. Nothing happened.

Fifty years later, however, the war on pot is finally over, and my side has won. So why am I not celebrating?

Let’s start with the movement to grant amnesty to people with past cannabis convictions. I’m glad that the prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has said he plans to “move forward in a thoughtful way on fixing past wrongs that happened because of this erroneous law”.

If the law is so “erroneous”, however, why is his government continuing to bust people for possession? In 2016, more than 17,000 Canadians were charged with a law that will soon disappear. Offering them amnesty would be a nice gesture, but the damage will have already been done. Why charge them in the first place?

And how would amnesty work? After legalization in their states, several US cities, including San Francisco, Seattle and San Diego, moved to expunge all records of felony convictions for cannabis possession. Will Canada do the same? If not, amnesty will be a hollow gesture. Even then, Canadians with pot convictions may still not be allowed to travel to the US because American authorities have their conviction records on file.

I’m also bothered by the fact that the government’s current plan is to bar people with pot convictions from participating in the huge marijuana economy that is now emerging. We have the expertise. We know how to grow high-quality plants. We have the distribution networks. The government’s policy is unfair, punitive and discriminatory: if it really believed in amnesty, it would let people with non-violent records for possession lead the way.

Instead, the government has turned the pot economy over to the people who lost the drug war: the cops and politicians who were responsible for destroying so many lives by turning pot smokers into criminals. They’ve been given the keys to the vault. They’ll be profiting from the same activities they used to prosecute. The hypocrisy is staggering.

Look at Julian Fantino, the former chief of the Toronto police service. In 2015, then a Conservative MP, Fantino declared his complete opposition to legalization, likening the decriminalization of marijuana to legalizing murder.

Today, he’s on the board of directors of Aleafia, a company that connects patients to medical marijuana. When asked about his change of heart on pot, Fantino replied that he had embarked on a “fact-finding mission” and discovered that marijuana was not the demon drug he once thought it was. Perhaps he should have done some fact-finding before he started tossing people in jail.

Also on the Aleafia board is Gary Goodyear, who held several cabinet positions in Stephen Harper’s government – the same government that proposed mandatory minimum sentences for anyone convicted of growing at least six marijuana plants. So is Raf Souccar, a former deputy commissioner of the RCMP whose portfolio included drug and organized crime enforcement. Former deputy Toronto police chief Kim Derry and ex-Ontario premier Ernie Eves are also members of the old law-and-order crowd who have rushed to cash in on the legalization of marijuana.

A simple amnesty is not enough. It should include an apology for ruining the lives of hundreds of thousands of people for no legitimate reason. They should be asking us to forgive them. I sentence them to have to live with themselves for the rest of their lives.

Rosie Rowbotham is a former producer at CBC Radio

Rosie Rowbotham in The Guardian

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Study: Magic mushrooms are the safest drug

The legalization of marijuana in Mexico on political agenda

Mexico City, Mexico — Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism says it is necessary to legalize the use of marijuana to combat security, adding that it is a major topic in the upcoming July 1 elections.

The Secretary of Tourism of Mexico, Enrique de la Madrid, has returned to the topic, insisting that the country legalize marijuana, noting that each state should make its own decision.

It is the second time in which the minister delves into the issue in the middle of the electoral campaign. In January, he proposed to regularize consumption to stop the rampant violence in Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo, a pronouncement that generated huge controversy between the Mexican political class and society.

“I think that in Mexico we should move toward a regulation at the state level,” he said in an interview with Reuters in which he adds that he does not think it “logical” to use funds to persecute consumers of this substance when they should be used to combat kidnapping, rape or murder.

“Maintaining marijuana in illegality is giving money to drug traffickers,” he says. “And with that money what these gentlemen do is that they bribe more police, buy more weapons and are more violent,” the senior official says.

De la Madrid says, “If you want to kill criminal groups you have to weaken them,” by eliminating their sources of financial income.

“One of the ways is to legalize drug use. Some say it is not true. Yes it is true, it is logical,” he insisted.

Enrique de la Madrid said that to combat insecurity in tourist sites, it is necessary to regulate the use of drugs such as marijuana and strengthen police forces.

The legalization of marijuana has become one of the star themes of the upcoming presidential elections. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has always maintained that Mexico and the United States should not pursue divergent policies in this matter.

Many security experts question whether the increase in violence is related specifically to marijuana trafficking, where tourist hot spots such as Los Cabos and Cancun both saw deaths increase last year.

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Shane King – True Cannabis Warrior Remembered

Skunk Magazine – Shane King Remembered

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Canada’s Liberal Party Wants to Decriminalize All Drugs As the Country Is Rocked by an Opioid Epidemic

Members of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party called on the government to decriminalize the consumption and possession of all illegal drugs.

The call was made as an opioid epidemic rocked the country and the number of opioid-related deaths continues to rise. Canada’s Public Health Agency estimated that around 4,000 people died from opioids last year.

Lawmakers have been taking a proactive approach to combating Canada’s opioid epidemic, greenlighting the opening of new supervised and safe injection facilities. In March, Canada’s federal government announced $150 million in emergency funding to increase access to drug treatment around the country.

But it’s unclear whether the Liberal Party advocates can succeed in obtaining complete decriminalization. Canada is already set to become the first of the world’s seven largest advanced economies to legalize marijuana consumption. Complete legalization was expected by July, but the government recently announced that there will likely be a delay. Trudeau has also signaled that he is not prepared to support the decriminalization of other drugs; meanwhile the country’s Conservative Party is vocally opposed to legalization of any kind.

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Potholes: The new fight over ‘drugged driving’

Marijuana will soon be legal in Canada. But a study from a Toronto doctor suggests the risks of pot-impaired drivers are, well, high

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First FOUR Government run Cannabis Dispensaries to open in Ontario …

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Joint partnership: Second Cup coffee chain teams with cannabis company to open pot shops

Coffee company has 286 locations across Canada, and some could be converted to sell pot

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Health Canada releases summary of comments from cannabis regulatory consultations

News release

Cannabis regulations will take a public health approach, including plain packaging and a warning symbol for cannabis products, to reduce their appeal to youth

March 19, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – Health Canada

The current approach to cannabis does not work. Despite the current prohibition, Canadians, and especially youth, are consuming cannabis in high numbers. The proposed Cannabis Act seeks to better protect the health and safety of Canadians, and to keep cannabis out of the hands of youth while keeping profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime. The Act, together with the regulations that are being developed to support it, will strictly regulate the production, distribution and sale of cannabis, require industry to meet rigorous product quality standards, and prohibit promotion and advertising that is appealing to youth.

Today, Health Canada released a report that summarizes the feedback from its 60-day consultation on the proposed regulatory approach to cannabis. The Department heard from more than 3,200 Canadians and 450 stakeholders, existing licensed producers and prospective producers, provinces and territories, and Indigenous organizations. The report released today also provides details on two key elements of the proposed regulations: the definitions of micro-scale licences, and the requirements for packaging and labelling of cannabis products.

An evidence-informed, public health approach is being taken to the requirements for packaging and labelling of cannabis products to minimize their appeal to children and youth, protect against accidental consumption, and help inform consumers of the risks and harms of cannabis use. This approach is complemented by the ongoing public education campaign to educate Canadians, particularly youth and young adults, about the health and safety facts of cannabis.

The provinces and territories, industry and stakeholders indicated that they would need advance notice of regulatory requirements for packaging and labelling of products so that they would have sufficient time to manufacture, prepare and make available for sale compliant cannabis products before the coming into force of the proposed Cannabis Act.


“We appreciate the input from the thousands of Canadians, provincial and territorial governments, and Indigenous organizations who participated in the consultation on the proposed approach to the regulation of cannabis. We are taking a public health approach to legalizing and regulating cannabis, and we are committed to keeping cannabis out of the hands of children and youth. Measures such as the packaging and labelling requirements announced today will help to achieve this goal.”
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health

“The input received from thousands of Canadians will continue to inform our approach to legalizing and regulating cannabis. We want to ensure that the cannabis regulations we are developing meet our objectives to keep cannabis out of the hands of children and youth, and enable a diverse, competitive legal industry comprising both large and small players across the country, and displacing the existing illegal market.”
Bill Blair
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and to the Minister of Health

“The evidence-based approach to plain packaging and labelling for cannabis products is part of a comprehensive public health approach to ensure that Canadians have the best information to make informed choices regarding the use of cannabis.”
Dr. Theresa Tam
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

Quick facts

  • Final regulations required to support the coming into force of the proposed Cannabis Act will be published in Canada Gazette, Part II, as soon as possible, following Royal Assent of the proposed Act.
  • Despite the fact that cannabis is illegal, 12% of Canadians reported using it at least once in 2015, according to the latest Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey. That rate is even higher for young people, with usage as high as 21% among youth aged 15 to 19 and 30% among young adults aged 20 to 24.

Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis


On April 13, 2017, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts (the Cannabis Act) in the House of Commons. The proposed Cannabis Act would implement the 2015 Speech from the Throne commitment to legalize, strictly regulate, and restrict access to cannabis.

The Government of Canada has indicated that it intends to bring the proposed Cannabis Act into force no later than July 2018, subject to the approval of Parliament and Royal Assent. To support implementation of the proposed Act, regulations would need to be enacted in a range of areas, such as cannabis product standards and packaging and labelling requirements, to ensure that the risks and harms of cannabis are appropriately addressed under the legal framework.

In many cases, Health Canada is proposing to build upon established regulatory requirements that have long been in place for current producers of cannabis for medical purposes or industrial hemp. Enacting many of the same types of strict regulatory controls for production under the proposed Cannabis Act would allow for legal and quality-controlled products to be available by July 2018 and immediately begin to address the public health and safety risks posed by illegally-produced cannabis.

The purpose of this consultation paper is to solicit public input and views on the approach to these regulations. To meet the government’s commitment of bringing the proposed Cannabis Act into force no later than July 2018, the final regulations will need to be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, as soon as possible following Royal Assent. As such, it is important that interested parties provide feedback on the regulatory proposals in this consultation paper, as draft regulations will not be pre-published. Instead, Health Canada intends to publish a summary of comments received, as well as a detailed outline of any changes to the regulatory proposal, which will continue to provide industry and stakeholders with as much information as possible on the proposed regulatory requirements.

Please note that references to the provisions of the proposed Cannabis Act made throughout this consultation paper reflect the version of the Act reported to the House of Commons by the Standing Committee on Health on October 5, 2017, and therefore, do not reflect any amendments that may subsequently be made.

Regulatory proposals set out in this consultation paper have been made for consultation purposes only, and should not be interpreted as representing the final views of the Governor in Council, the Minister of Health or the Government of Canada.

Health Canada thanks all stakeholders for the valuable contribution they have provided to date in the development of the proposed Cannabis Act and its supporting regulations, and for their continued participation in this next stage of consultations on regulatory proposals.

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Experts raise concerns about Ottawa’s planned crackdown on drug-impaired drivers

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America Is Giving Away the $30 Billion Medical Marijuana Industry

Why? Because the feds are bogarting the weed, while Israel and Canada are grabbing market share.

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Canadian Cannabis Legalization: A Guide to Laws by Province – LEAFLY

This summer, Canada is set to legalize adult-use recreational cannabis nationwide. In the meantime, Canada’s provinces and territories are readying their cannabis regulations, with everything—from the minimum age for marijuana purchase to the prospect of online marijuana sales to restrictions on marijuana consumption and possession—being set independently by each province. Which provinces will permit citizens to grow cannabis at home? Which will allow co-habitation of alcohol and cannabis in retail stores? Here are the facts as they stand now. Stay tuned for updates, and click a name below to jump to that region’s regulations.

Alberta • British Columbia • Manitoba • New Brunswick • Newfoundland and Labrador • Northwest Territories • Nova Scotia • Nunavut • Ontario • Prince Edward Island • Quebec • Saskatchewan • Yukon

Alberta …

Provincial legislation: An Act to Control and Regulate Cannabis

Cannabis distributor: the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission

Retail sales: Cannabis will be sold in private standalone stores and through a government-run website. Cannabis stores may sell cannabis accessories (bongs, pipes, rolling papers), but co-location with alcohol is forbidden. No one under 18 may enter a retail cannabis store.

Minimum age for purchase: 18

Possession restrictions: Those 18 and up can possess up to 30 grams of cannabis in public. You can’t transport cannabis unless it is closed packaging that is out of reach of the driver and other occupants of the vehicle.

Consumption restrictions: No consumption on any hospital, school or child-care facility property. No consumption where cigarette smoking is prohibited.

Home-grow: Yes, up to four plants per household (although landlords and condo boards may be able to place restrictions on the practice).

Online sales: Yes, through the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission website.

Points of interest: No minor may enter any licensed premises that sell cannabis, and proof of age must be requested for anyone that appears 25 year of age or younger. There will also be a 100 metre buffer between stores and schools, school reserves, and provincial health care facility.

Population: 4.15 million

Number of brick-and-mortar cannabis stores: There’s no cap of the number of allowable stores—although the Alberta government assumes there will be 250 stores in the first year. No person or entity can hold more than 15 per cent of retail cannabis license, which would come to 37 stores.

British Columbia …

Provincial legislation: TBD

Cannabis distributor: the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch

Retail sales: Cannabis will be sold in both government-run stores and privately-owned stores, with no-cohabitation with alcohol permitted.

Minimum age for purchase: 19

Possession restrictions: Cannabis transported in a motor vehicle must be in a sealed package or inaccessible to vehicle occupants.

Consumption restrictions: Cannabis use will be generally allowed in public spaces where tobacco smoking and vaping are permitted. Smoking and vaping of non-medical cannabis will not be permitted in areas “frequented by children” such as parks, playgrounds, and community beaches. Cannabis consumption inside motor vehicles in forbidden. Local governments may set their own restrictions on consumption.

Home-grow: Yes, up to four plants per household (so long as the house is not also used as a daycare). Landlords and strata councils are able to place restrictions on or prohibit home cultivation.

Online sales: Yes, through a government-run website.

Point of interest: The government is indicating that Vancouver’s outlaw dispensaries, which the city has started to license, will be able to apply to continue selling cannabis, but the cannabis would have to be legally sourced. Also, the Council Chamber of Tofino, a district located on Vancouver Island, is set to debate a proposed zoning amendment on February 13 that would prohibit the use of any land or building for the sale, production, and distribution of cannabis. It’s unclear at this time if that it apply to home cultivation and if there would be an exemption for medical cannabis.

Population: 4.63 million

Number of brick-and-mortar cannabis stores: The province is placing no limit on the number of stores, but municipalities may limit or prohibit shops within their boundaries.

Manitoba …

Provincial legislation: the Safe & Responsible Retailing of Cannabis Act and the Cannabis Harm Prevention Act

Cannabis distributor: the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba

Retail sales: Cannabis will be sold in stores run by four licensed private entities that the province conditionally approved in February: Tokyo Smoke/Hiku, Delta-9 Cannabis/Canopy Growth, National Access Canada, and a fourth corporation that consists of Avana Canada, MediPharm Labs, and two First Nations communities.

Minimum age for purchase: 19

Possession restrictions: On moving boats, cannabis must be stored in a secure compartment.

Consumption restrictions: Consumption of cannabis in motor vehicles is prohibited.

Home-grow: Not permitted

Online sales: Yes. Private stores will be able to sell to residents of the province online.

Point of interests: The province’s request for proposals for private stores included a big emphasis on Indigenous ownership.

Population: 1.28 million

Number of brick-and-mortar cannabis stores: It’s not known how many stores each of the four entities will run, although it is likely they will each be able to run multiple stores.

New Brunswick …

Provincial legislation: the Cannabis Control Act and the Cannabis Management Corporation Act

Cannabis distributor: the Cannabis Management Corporation 

Retail sales: Cannabis will be sold in stores operated by New Brunswick Liquor, under its new subsidiary CannabisNB. w Locations must be at least 300 metres away from schools, cannabis must be displayed under glass, and no overlap with alcohol sales permitted.

Minimum age for purchase: 19

Consumption restrictions: Can only be consumed in private dwellings with consent of occupant

Home-grow: Yes, up to four plants, which must be in a locked enclosure.

Points of interests: In private residences, personal-use cannabis is legally required to be kept under lock and key.

Online sales: Yes, through the CannabisNB website.

Population: 753,914

Number of brick-and-mortar cannabis stores: 20—three in Greater Moncton, two in each of Fredericton and Greater St. John, and one each in Oromocto, Bathurst, Miramichi, Sussex, St. Stephen, Rothesay, Edmundston, Sackville, Shediac, Richibucto, Tracadie, Perth-Andover, and Campbellton.

Newfoundland and Labrador …

Provincial legislation: An Act to Amend the Liquor Corporation Act

Cannabis distributor: the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation

Retail sales: Cannabis will be sold at privately owned stores, with no alcohol co-habitation permitted.

Minimum age for purchase: 19

Home-grow policy: Yes, up to four plants.

Possession restrictions: TBD

Consumption restrictions: Private residences only.

Points of interest: Ontario’s Canopy Growth has struck a supply and production agreement with the province, resulting in the company being given four retail-sale permits.

Online sales: Yes—through a government-run site at first, and through private retailers’ sites in the future

Population: 528, 448

Number of brick-and-mortar cannabis stores: TBD, but the licensed producer Canopy Growth will have four locations

Northwest Territories …

Provincial legislation: TBD

Cannabis distributor: Northwest Territories Liquor Commission

Retail sales: Cannabis will initially be sold through liquor stores.

Minimum age for purchase: 19

Possession restrictions: Cannabis in a vehicle must be unopened. Any unopened cannabis must be resealed and placed in a space in the vehicle inaccessible to others.

Consumption restrictions: Public smoking or vaping of cannabis will be banned in areas frequented by children and crowds, in vehicles, and anywhere tobacco smoking is prohibited.

Home-grow: Yes, up to four plants per household, but rental agreements and condominium bylaws can restrict cultivation.

Online sales: Yes, through a government-run website.

Point of interest: As they can with liquor sales liquor, communities will have the ability to hold referendums to place restrictions or prohibitions on cannabis.

Number of brick-and-mortar stores: TBD, although there are seven liquor stores and one liquor warehouse.

Nova Scotia …

Provincial legislation: The Safe & Responsible Retailing of Cannabis Act

Cannabis distributor: Nova Scotia Liquor Corp (NLSC)

Retail sales: Cannabis will be sold in NSLC stores, including existing NSLC liquor outlets

Minimum age for purchase: 19

Possession restrictions: TBD

Consumption restrictions: TBD

Home-grow: Yes, up to four plants.

Online sales: Yes, through the NSLC website.

Population: 942,926

Number of brick-and-mortar cannabis stores: TBD

Nunavut …

Provincial legislation: TBD

Cannabis distributor: Nunavut Liquor Commission

Retail sales: No retail sales are planned for 2018—the government wants to hear from communities first. The government is proposing to be allowed to outsource operations, such as sales, to privately-run “agents.”

Minimum age for purchase: 19

Possession restrictions: The government is considering limits on the storage of cannabis in order to limit stockpiling for the purpose of illegally reselling it. However, there will be no “dry” communities as there are with alcohol.

Consumption restrictions: No consumption in vehicles, school grounds, hospitals, health centre grounds, playgrounds, and any where else tobacco smoking is prohibited.

Home-grow: Yes, up to four plants per household, and the government is considering allowing landlords and condo associations to restrict the cultivation and use of recreational cannabis.

Online sales: Yes, through a government-run website.

Point of interest: The Western Convenience Store Association, representing over 7,000 such stores in Northern provinces including Nunavut, have lobbied the government to sell cannabis.

Population: 35,944

Number of brick-and-mortar cannabis stores: Zero in 2018

Ontario …

Provincial legislation: The Cannabis Act, 2017 and The Cannabis Retail Corporation Act, 2017

Cannabis distributor: The Ontario Retail Cannabis Corporation (ORCC)

Retail sales: Cannabis will be sold at standalone ORCC stores, with no co-habitation with alcohol products permitted.

Minimum age for purchase: 19

Possession restrictions: Cannabis may only only be transported in vehicles if it is “packed in baggage that is fastened.”

Consumption restrictions: No consumption in vehicle, enclosed public spaces, or workplaces.

Home-grow: Yes, up to four plants.

Online sales: Yes, through the Ontario Retail Cannabis Corporation website

Points of interests: The Ontario government is considering allowing cannabis consumption in hotel rooms—including recreational use.

Population: 13.6 million

Number of brick-and-mortar cannabis stores: 40 to start in July 2018, with 150 by 2020. Locations include Ajax, Barrie, Belleville, Brampton, Brantford, Cambridge, Chatham-Kent, Guelph, Hamilton, Lindsay (Kawartha Lakes), Kingston, Kitchener, London Mississauga, Niagara Falls, Oakville, Oshawa, Ottawa, Peterborough, Sault Ste. Marie, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vaughan, Waterloo, Whitby, and Windsor.

Prince Edward Island …

Provincial legislation: TBD

Cannabis distributor: PEI Liqour Control Commission

Retail sales: Cannabis will be sold at government-run stores, with no alcohol co-habitation permitted.

Minimum age for purchase: 19

Possession restrictions: Can only be transported in motor vehicles in unopened packaging, and where an open package is being transported it must be secure and inaccessible to anyone in the vhicle.

Consumption restrictions: Restricted to private residences, “with a potential for expansion to designated public spaces at a later date.”

Home-grow: Yes, up to four plants.

Online sales: TBD

Population: 152,021

Number of brick-and-mortar cannabis stores: Four, in Charlottetown, Summerside, Montague, and West Prince.

Quebec …

Provincial legislation: The Cannabis Regulation Act

Cannabis distributor: The Quebec Alcohol Corporation

Retail sales: Government-supplied cannabis will be sold in government-run stores, with no alcohol co-habitation permitted

Minimum age for purchase: 18

Possession restrictions: Youth who possess even a small amount of cannabis will be liable to a fine.

Consumption restrictions: Cannabis is prohibited in a number of enclosed spaces, including workplaces, post-secondary educational institutions, enclosed spaces where sports, recreational, judicial, cultural or artistic activities or conferences are held, as well as common areas of residential buildings comprising two or more dwellings.

Home-grow policy: Not permitted

Online sales: TBD

Points of interests: So far Quebec is the first province to limit possession in a private place to 150 grams, on top of the federal 30-gram public limit. Other provinces do not have a limit on private possession. Quebec Government’s House Leader is also locked in a battle with the federal government over home cultivation. Federal legislation allows such cultivation but the province of Quebec hopes to prohibit it within their boundaries.

Population: 8.215 million

Number of brick-and-mortar cannabis stores: 15 stores by mid-2018, with more than 150 within two years.

Saskatchewan …

Provincial legislation: TBD

Cannabis distributor: Licensed cannabis producers will sell directly to private retailers, with the market regulated by the Saskatchewan Liquor & Gaming Authority.

Retail sales: Cannabis from Canadian LPs will be sold in private-owned stores, with no alcohol co-habitation permitted

Minimum age for purchase: TBD

Possession restrictions: TBD

Consumption restrictions: TBD

Home-grow: Yes, although landlords and condo boards may be able to restrict the growing of cannabis.

Online sales: Yes, through retailers’ websites.

Points of interest: Provincial legislation will require cannabis being transported in a motor vehicle to be either in an unopened package, or secured in an inaccessible space (AKA the trunk)

Population: 1.13 million

Number of brick-and-mortar cannabis stores: 60

Yukon …

Provincial legislation: The Cannabis Control and Regulation Act

Cannabis distributor: The Yukon Liquor Corporation

Retail sales: Government-supplied cannabis will be sold first in government-run stores and later in privately-owned stores. Neither will allow cohabitation with alcohol.

Minimum age for purchase: 19

Possession restrictions: A person possessing cannabis must take reasonable measures to ensure that a young person cannot access the cannabis.

Consumption restrictions: Consumption to privately-owned residences and adjoining properties where permitted by the owner.

Home-grow: Yes, with the mandate that plants must be out of public view

Online sales: Yes, through a government-run website.

Points of interests: Private retailers must be approved by the province’s Cannabis Licensing Board

Population: 35,874.

Number of brick-and-mortar cannabis stores: 1 to start

Leafly Guide to Provincial Cannabis Despensaries