As promised, here’s the second half of our two-part post detailing province-specific cannabis consumption legislation in Canada:
Manitoba continues to enforce a particularly restrictive cannabis cultivation and consumption policy. As it stands, cannabis consumption is limited exclusively for homes and private residences - there’s even a $2,500 fine payable as a first offence for home cultivation.
Local legislators have even outlined proposals for the prohibition of consuming cannabis edibles in public. All of which is unfortunate, given the fact that Manitoba boasts some of the most stunning national parks and public spaces in the whole of Canada.
Public cannabis consumption restrictions in New Brunswick extend to all public places without exception. Cannabis consumption is permitted in homes and private residences, though landlords must provide tenants with their express consent to consume cannabis on the premises in the initial tenancy agreement.
Consumption of cannabis in any form is illegal in motor vehicles, irrespective of whether or not it is in motion at the time.
Newfoundland and Labrador
This is another region in which cannabis consumption policy remains relatively straight, limiting the consumption of cannabis exclusively to homes and private residences. There are, however, relaxed rules in place for medical marijuana patients, who retain the right to consume cannabis (by certain methods) in public places.
The Smoke-free Places Act of Nova Scotia extends existing restrictions on public tobacco consumption to the consumption of cannabis. All forms of smoking - including water pipes and electronic cigarettes - are forbidden from use in public spaces, with fines of up to $2,000 payable for a first offence.
This is also the same fine that applies when cannabis is consumed in a vehicle, even when stationary.
Prince Edward Island
Things are a little more relaxed over on Prince Edward Island, where cannabis consumption policy goes beyond homes and private residences. According to state regulations, individuals aged 19 and over can legally consume cannabis in their own home, or in a hotel or campsite where the owner permits cannabis consumption.
Multi-unit property owners have the option of prohibiting indoor cannabis consumption, though may designate an outdoor space for the legal consumption of cannabis by residents.
Cannabis consumption law in Quebec has so far proved notoriously complex and changeable. As it stands, the public cannabis consumption policy follows predominantly the same lines as restrictions on tobacco smoking. The problem being that some towns and cities within Quebec have taken things further than others - some banning all forms of smoking in all public areas, including parks and outdoor recreation spaces.
If you plan on travelling to Quebec, it’s worth noting the restrictions that apply to the town or city you’re headed to, in order to avoid potentially heavy on-the-spot fines.
Last but not least, legislation in Saskatchewan limits cannabis consumption primarily to homes and private dwellings. However, there is also an allowance for campsite owners to permit the consumption of cannabis at their discretion.A right that has been exercised by the vast majority of campsite owners - almost all camp sites across Saskatchewan permit the consumption of cannabis.
Get the Facts Before You Fly…
Once again, the importance of carefully researching your chosen destination before heading out to Canada cannot be overstated. While the likelihood of any Canadian province radically overhauling its cannabis policy in the near future is minimal, even the slightest tweaks in existing legislation could land you in trouble.
Ignorance is never bliss - especially where fines of up to $2500 apply!