From B.C. to P.E.I. and all the other letters in between. This is the FIRST Canada Day in our nations history where we are free to consume cannabis to celebrate our nations great history. Lots of you will be out and about tonight and we want to help make sure that you don’t run afoul of any of the local laws (or at least know them well enough you can make that judgement call). Where you can and can’t smoke or vape varies from province to province for recreational and medicinal users.
All of you smokers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon or Prince Edward Island – mind your surroundings and those around you as public consumption is a no-go without a medical licence. It’s Canada day so you’ll probably just have a joint taken, and be asked to move along – but nobody likes that. Just know that you’re technically in the wrong if you are going to partake in a crowd or park when you watch fireworks.
Alberta, British Colombia, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, Nunavit, Ontario and Quebec have much more relaxed and reasonable limitations. They all have their own specific rules and regulations but if you abide by a couple easy rules you should be able to stay on the laws good side.
1. Put it in the trunk.
You can have cannabis in a car, but most provinces require it to be inaccessible to the occupants. So toss it in the trunk, and make sure you get out of the cabin to smoke. It’s illegal to consume cannabis inside a vehicle in most provinces.
2. Avoid Kids
When you’re out in public many places have regulations about smoking on school grounds, public parks with playground equipment, and hospitals. If you are somewhere you’re legally allowed to consume – do your best to be courteous and move downwind or out of view. Everyone should be able to enjoy the fireworks!
3. Tobacco laws
As a rule of thumb, where you can smoke cigarettes is very similar to where you can smoke cannabis. So you’ll need to avoid doorways and the like, but that means most public parks, sidewalks & roads, and most public spaces you’re free to consume.
Now obviously this isn’t actual legal advice – knowing your provinces exact rules and regulations is important but ultimately it falls on you as it always has.
Here’s hoping that ALL of our buddies have a safe and happy Cannabis day!