Legal Use of Cannabis in Ontario

What you need to know before you start purchasing cannabis:



- In Ontario, the legal age for possessing and purchasing cannabis is 19 years or older.

- You can buy up to 30 grams of dried cannabis flower (or its equivalent) at a time.


Legal Consumption Age

The federal Cannabis Act sets the legal age of cannabis possession in Canada at 18 years. Still, it grants the authority for provinces and territories to raise the legal age. In Ontario, the legal age of cannabis possession and consumption is 19 years or older, which aligns with the province’s legal age for alcohol use.


Legal Forms of Purchasable Cannabis

The federal Cannabis Act legalizes fresh and dried cannabis, cannabis oil, plants, and seeds for cultivation. On, you can buy dried cannabis, seeds and cannabis oil, topicals, extracts (including vapes), and edibles. 


Legal Allowable Quantity

Federal legislation defines a maximum public possession limit of up to 30 grams of dried legal cannabis at any time or its equivalent. As a result, limits any one transaction to a maximum of 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent in other forms. This is easy to track as you shop online: the total number of grams you’ve accumulated is displayed as you put items in your bag.

The provincial legislation also maintains the federal legal limit of four plants per private residential dwelling (not per adult).


Legal Allowable Places for Consumption:

Under the provincial legislation, recreational cannabis may only be legally consumed in:

- Private residential dwellings (including a front porch, balcony, and backyard)

- Many outdoor public places, such as sidewalks and parks

- Designated guest rooms in hotels, motels, and inns

- Controlled areas in residential care facilities, psychiatric facilities, veterans’ facilities, and residential hospices

- Stationary, docked boats and vehicles when used as a temporary or permanent living space and not in use (excludes boats carrying passengers)


Cannabis Cannot Be Consumed in:

- Enclosed public spaces and all workplaces

- Indoor common areas of condominiums, apartment buildings, or university residences

- Schools and school grounds, and within 20 meters of the grounds of a school and community center

- Restaurant and bar patios, and public areas within nine meters of a patio

- Child-care centers, home child-care centers and where an early years program or service is provided

- Children’s playgrounds

- Outdoor grounds of hospitals and certain Ontario government buildings

- Publicly owned sporting areas (except golf courses)

- Vehicles and boats that are being operated by the user (in the case of all forms of consumption) or under someone’s care or control (in the case of cannabis being smoked or vaped)


Laws Governing Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis

Both federal and provincial legislation set out critical provisions related to drug-impaired driving offences and procedures. Police are now able to detect suspected drug-impaired driving and enforce strict violations related to drug-impaired driving.




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