In June of 2019, the Quebec Superior Court agreed, and declared that Quebecers could possess and grow cannabis plants for personal use. This meant that it became legal in Quebec.
However, each province would be free to make their own rules surrounding cannabis. For its part, Quebec decided that it would make it illegal to posses a cannabis plant and grow any cannabis for personal purposes. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s criminal. Breaking the law by growing cannabis could land you a fine, like a speeding ticket.
The Court of Appeal recently declared that the lower court decision was incorrect. The court declared that the province had the power to ban Quebecers from possessing and growing any cannabis plants.
2 nd step: Challenge
Over the last 4 years, growing cannabis in Quebec from one’s home has gone from being illegal, to being legal, to finally become illegal again recently. The story may not even be over.
Canada first legalized cannabis in 2018. With the legalization of cannabis, the federal government set some minimum national standards. For example, Canadians would be allowed to grow a maximum of 4 cannabis plants per person.
First step: Legalization
A citizen decided to contest the ban against possessing a cannabis plant and growing cannabis for personal purposes. He argued that the province did not have the power to ban Quebecers from possessing a cannabis plant and growing cannabis for personal purposes because the federal government allowed growing up to 4 plants.
However, the story doesn’t end there. The Quebec government appealed that decision to the Quebec Court of Appeal.
Ontario has strict rules in place to make sure workplaces are safe.
You cannot consume cannabis (smoking, vaping and eating) in a vehicle or boat that is being driven or will be driven.
You cannot smoke or vape cannabis in publicly-owned sport fields (not including golf courses), nearby spectator areas and public areas within 20 metres of these areas.
Consuming recreational cannabis in an enclosed workplace remains illegal after legalization on October 17, 2018.
Growing your own cannabis
Medical cannabis is regulated by the Government of Canada and will continue to be subject to different rules than recreational cannabis.
The government has enacted the following rules for using cannabis, both medical and recreational.
Learn about Ontario’s rules to keep people safe when buying and consuming recreational cannabis.
You cannot smoke or vape cannabis in:
Medical cannabis is subject to different rules than recreational cannabis. The production and sale of medical cannabis is regulated exclusively by the federal government.