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Cannabis rules: what to expect in Newfoundland and Labrador

The provincial government wants an education campaign to be prepared about the risks involved with cannabis use.
Cannabis will be sold through private retailers that are licensed by the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation. - 123RF Stock Photo

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Here's what you need to know about consuming marijuana products in Newfoundland and Labrador:

19 is the minimum age

Much like alcohol, if you want to consume, you'll have to wait until you're of age to do so.

The legal age to use, buy, grow or possess cannabis in Newfoundland and Labrador is 19. Those who are under 19 and are caught with the substance could face fines or criminal charges.

In stores, customers will be asked to produce photo I.D. for all purchases in licensed cannabis retail locations.

A valid photo I.D. must be presented upon home delivery.

The fine for underage possession will be set at $100. Fines for selling to minors are much steeper and could include jail time.

Where you can and can't smoke it

In N.L., the use of cannabis for recreational purposes is restricted to private residences and it can’t be consumed in public places, in vehicles, or in workplaces.

Don’t consume in your cars. The Highway Traffic Act has been amended, and with it fines that range from $300 to $10,000 depending on the severity of the offence.

Novice drivers – those under 22 years old – and commercial drivers will be under a zero-tolerance policy.

Municipalities may also establish their own bylaws on where residents are allowed to consume it.

Limited amount allowed

Adults 19 and older will be able to legally buy up to 30 grams of cannabis, dried or equivalent, from a licensed retailer.

The limit someone can possess at one time is also 30 grams.

There will also be a limit on the number of plants you can have in your home – four, which is in keeping with the federal legislation.

Where you can buy it

Cannabis will be sold through private retailers that are licensed by the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC). The NLC will control the possession, sale and delivery of cannabis and set prices for the products.

Initially, the NLC will also be the sole online retailer of cannabis. The government hopes this will ensure wide accessibility to residents, no matter where they live.

Online sales will go through www.ShopCannabisNL.com

In cases where no private business wishes to operate a cannabis retail outlet, the NLC may step in and set up shop on their own.

Already more than 25 locations have been approved for licenses, the most among Atlantic provinces.

Products that will be offered initially include flower, plants, seeds and oils. Other cannabis products, such as edibles, are currently under review by Health Canada.

Medical cannabis users can continue to access those products in their current form.

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