Bill C-45 – The Cannabis Act: An OverviewHines Health Team
LEGAL USE (18 years and older)
- Possess and share with other adults up to 30 grams of dried or fresh cannabis
- Purchase dried, fresh cannabis and oil from provincially-licensed retailer
- Purchase cannabis online from a federally-licensed producer
- Grow up to four plants per residence for personal use
- Make cannabis products at home
How does an individual obtain medical marijuana?
Individuals obtain a medical document from a medical practitioner authorizing the use of cannabis for medical purposes (Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations) that enables the individual to secure marijuana from licensed producers.
Currently, the possession, production and trafficking of marijuana are prohibited under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, except where authorized by exemptions or regulations, such as those for medical marijuana.
Storefront operations selling cannabis, commonly known as “dispensaries” and “compassion clubs” are not licensed by Health Canada under the current law and are illegal. (Employers maintain the right to set rules for non-medical use in the workplace.)
Watch for the next edition of our newsletter where we’ll be exploring what this bill means for employers.