Area of Law: Cannabis Law
Answer # 2365
Can you consume cannabis edibles in public?Region: Ontario Answer # 2365
Consuming edibles in public
It will not be legal to consume cannabis edibles in public until they become legally available for sale, and each province will decide if it will be allowed in their jurisdiction at that time.
Currently, some provinces have banned all forms of cannabis consumption in public, such as smoking and vaping. Provinces where public consumption of cannabis is not allowed are: Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, PEI, Saskatchewan and Yukon.
When will cannabis edibles be available for sale legally?
New regulations came into effect October 17, 2019 allowing licensed producers to submit their edible and topical cannabis products to Health Canada in preparation of the legal sale of them to the public. Once submitted, the products are subject to a 60-90 day approval and procurement process. As of approximately mid-December, the following three new classes of cannabis products will be legally available for sale in Canada: edibles, topicals and extracts (concentrates).
Consuming edibles at home
Across Canada, individuals who have reached the age of 18 or 19 (depending on the province) and 21 in Quebec as of January 1, 2020, can add cannabis to food or drinks at home as long as they do not sell the products, or share them with someone under the legal age for cannabis consumption in that province.
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