With the news earlier this year that recreational pot will be legal in Canada as of July first 2018, many Canadians want to know how they can access the drug, and how the government plans to make sure that it stays out of the hands of people not old enough to smoke it.
Advocates for recreational pot are flying high with the news of the legalization of the drug, but there are many hurdles to overcome between now and when the drug is actually available to be purchased legally.
How Will Provinces Handle Marijuana Sales?
Different provinces are weighing in when it comes to how they will control the sale and distribution of the drug, with Ontario leading the way.
The drug will be sold in pot shops run by the LCBO, but as of yet actually where these shops will be located has not been ironed out.
To purchase the drug, a person must be at least 19 years of age, and present identification. If caught illegally in posession, a person could face jail time or a hefty fine of more than 25,000 dollars.
In Manitoba, a person needs to be 19 years of age to purchase the drug, a year older than they need to be to buy alcohol.
In BC, a person must also be 19 years of age to purchase pot, and will be able to do so through retail sales allowed through both public and private stores.
New Brunswick will propose the same age of 19 as the legal age to purchase marijuana, with the added stipulation that a person who does buy the drug having to lock it up when at home.
Nunavut, PEI and Saskatchewan have held public consultations pertaining to the handling of the drug and are yet to release their own requirements.
The Yukon has proposed a person must be 19 to purchase the drug, and a person can only hold up to 30 grams at any given time.