What is the legal age to buy, possess, or use cannabis ?

Region: Ontario Answer # 2360

Federal law

The federal Cannabis Act allows Canadians 18 years of age and over to purchase and use cannabis.

Provincial law

The Federal Government shares implementation of the new Act with each province and territory, who can regulate certain rules and restrictions including increasing the legal age for cannabis use and consumption.

The territories and many provinces have raised the legal age in their jurisdiction, often to coincide with that province’s or territory’s legal age for alcohol consumption.

The legal age to purchase, sell or consume cannabis in each province and territory is as follows:

The legal age is 18 in:

  • Alberta
  • Quebec (the age will be raised to 21 as of January 1, 2020)

The legal age is 19 in:

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

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