The most cannabis-friendly province, Ontario is growing closer to meeting its goal of opening 150 cannabis retail stores in 2020 despite the ongoing pandemic. Here’s what you need to know about Ontario’s cannabis laws.
Ontario Possession, Purchasing, and Consumption Rules
If you are 19 years old or older in Ontario, you can legally purchase cannabis and possess up to 30 grams of it at one time in public. As long as it is approved by your landowner, you can also grow up to four plants in your home for personal use.
How to buy cannabis in store
Legally aged adults can purchase cannabis products including flower, vapes, extracts, edibles, and topicals from one of these privately-owned licensed cannabis retail stores.
How to buy cannabis online
If you live in Ontario, you can purchase cannabis online from the Ontario Cannabis Store, the only legal online retailer in the province. You have to receive the delivery in person, or your package will be taken to a Canada Post office where you can retrieve it at a later time.
Public consumption Laws
Some public consumption is permitted in Ontario. You can smoke cannabis on sidewalks and in parks, designated smoking rooms in places like hotels, vehicles and boats that are used as residences, and in private residences. Driving while high is illegal.
Ontario Licensing Rules for Retailers
Cannabis is regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). If you want to open a cannabis retail store, you’ll need to apply for a license with the AGCO and pay the $6000 license fee. Private retailers are selected for the application process through a lottery system. Ontario does not authorize the side by side sale of alcohol and cannabis.