What you need to know about Cannabis Legalization in Calgary

Posted by Miranda Freedman on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 at 3:07pm.

With Cannabis becoming legal recreationally as of 12:00am this morning there are a few things to keep in mind before indulging in Calgary.

Age, quantity & location restrictions

If you’re over the age of 18 in Alberta, you able to spend your green on the green legally, as it’s the same age requirement for alcohol and tobacco use.

People can only buy the product from Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission & Cannabis-licensed stores or from the government’s site. Licensed stores won’t be able to sell cannabis if they sell alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals. Under federal legislation, you can buy dried flower, milled flower, plant seeds, oil, capsules and pre-rolled joints.

Thirty (30) grams is the cannabis max you can buy or carry at one time.

The Alberta government said in a statement “Government-regulated distribution will ensure a level playing field for large and craft producers and prevents small communities from being penalized for delivery costs by making sure the product is shipped at the same price no matter where it’s going.”

Cannabis retailers can be open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. The same as liquor stores but with “extensive security requirements.”

It’s up to you to know your local laws for public consumption. The rules vary from city to city. In broad regulations across the province, however, Albertans will be allowed to consume cannabis in their homes and in some public spaces where smoking tobacco is allowed, although use will be strictly banned in vehicles. Currently in Calgary, smoking cannabis in public places is restricted.

If you have a green thumb, four plants are allowed per household from seeds purchased from licensed cannabis retailers. Not four plants per person as some people were speculating.

Don’t toke and drive

Driving high is illegal, it can impair your ability to safely operate a vehicle or equipment. In the past year, the Alberta government updated impaired driving laws to include weed effects with its zero tolerance and licence suspension programs.

There is zero tolerance for those who hold a graduated driver’s licence, just like alcohol regulations. GDL drivers caught with above zero but below criminal limits of marijuana in their systems will have an immediate 30-day licence suspension and an immediate seven-day vehicle seizure. They also must remain in the GDL program for two years without suspension to be able to graduate.

Kids and kush

Kids are prohibited from entering cannabis stores, even with an adult present.

The Cannabis Act carries penalties for selling or providing the drug to minors.

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