It will take time before the new cannabis products become available for purchase. Adults should only expect a limited selection to appear gradually, in physical or online stores, and no earlier than mid-December 2019. It will take more time before a full range of products becomes available.
Adults who are 18 or 19 years or older (depending on province or territory) are able to:
Laws in your area
Legal cannabis products (except products with less than 0.3% THC or no THC) have an excise stamp on the package. Each province and territory has a differently coloured excise stamp. The stamp has security features to prevent forgery, just like passports and banknotes.
A number of information tools and resources about cannabis are available.
Protecting the health and safety of youth is a top priority. The Cannabis Act establishes serious criminal penalties for those who:
The CFIA’s Seeds Act and Regulations and Plant Protection Act and Regulations regulate cannabis seed in the following ways:
The CFIA regulates the import, export, certification and grading of cannabis seed under the following acts and regulations:
As of October 17, 2018, the cultivation of cannabis seed is permitted in accordance with the requirements of the Cannabis Act and Regulations.
CFIA’s role in the regulation of cannabis seed
Cannabis could also be subject to assessment under the Seeds Act and Seeds Regulations as a plant with novel traits, if a novel trait was introduced in to the crop.
Up until June, LPs had sold about 1,200 young plants, or “clones”, to the recreational market. All of these have been sold through a so far unique arrangement in Newfoundland and Labrador in which Cannabis NL online customers pay for the plants on the site, which are then shipped by mail from a growing facility in Strathroy, Ont.
As well, he says, LPs may not be all that motivated to support home growers.
“I did consider it, but the lack of variety was the main impediment. There’s pretty much zero variety.”
Few home growers seem to get seeds from legal retailers
Some growers buy from them; others find people who are giving away seeds or small plants called clones.
Legislators wanted to eliminate the black market but saw that the vast numbers of plants that legal producers needed, and needed immediately, had to come from somewhere. The solution was to allow companies applying to be licensed producers to bring in genetics from illegal sources, but only once.
“Currently, only one of the licensed producers that the (B.C.) Liquor Distribution Branch works with is able to supply seeds,” Kate Bilney wrote in an e-mail.
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