ALMAGUIN — The Almaguin Highlands OPP is reminding residents of the new laws surrounding the possession and use of cannabis as the addition of edibles enters the marketplace.
The Cannabis Act of June 2018 was the introduction to the legalization of cannabis in Ontario. Similar to liquor there are still laws surrounding the use of marijuana.
Here is an overview of the rules the Ontario Government has in place.
Cannabis users must be 19 years or older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis. This is the same age for tobacco products and alcohol.
Police remind people that while cannabis is now legal, where it is consumed and how much a person carries is tightly regulated.
A few examples of where cannabis can be smoked or vaped are:
• Private residences, as long as the residence is not a workplace such as a retirement home
• Many outdoor public places such as sidewalks and parks
• Designated smoking guest rooms in hotels, motels and inns
• Residential vehicles and boats that meet certain criteria such as permanent sleeping accommodations and cooking facilities and are parked or anchored.
Examples of areas where consumption of cannabis through smoking or vaping is not allowed include:
• Indoor common areas in condos, apartment buildings and university/college residences
• Enclosed public places and enclosed workplaces
• Non-designated guest rooms in hotels, motels and inns
• Schools and places where children gather
• Hospitals, hospices, care homes and other facilities
• Publicly owned places
• Vehicles and boats
A person is legally allowed to possess and carry up to 30 grams of cannabis, but like alcohol, when driving it must not be within reach of the driver.
People are also limited to the equivalent to five grams of fresh cannabis, 15 grams of edible product, 70 grams of liquid product, one cannabis plant seed or a quarter of a gram of concentrates.
Any person found contravening the laws surrounding the use and possession of cannabis is subject to a charge under the Cannabis Act.