Current Marijuana Laws

Cannabis (marijuana) remains a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, and, unless otherwise regulated for production and distribution for medical purposes, is subject to offences under that Act.

Possessing and selling marijuana for non-medical purposes is still illegal everywhere in Canada.

Unlicensed Sellers

Storefront operations selling marijuana, commonly known as “dispensaries” and “compassion clubs” are not licensed by Health Canada under the current law and are illegal. They are supplied by illegal growers and sell untested, unregulated products that may be unsafe and of particular risk to children.

Enforcement of Current Laws

There are public health and safety risks that are associated with marijuana use, including its effects on the mental development of young people and illicit profits that support criminal organization. Until marijuana laws change, and strict regulations and restrictions are put in effect, local police authorities will continue to address illegal marijuana possession and sales.

Task Force Report

The report from the Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation is now available.

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