Check with your housing agreements and bylaws for information on safe and legal cannabis home growing.
Cannabis laws are different in each province and territory in Canada. Differences include legal age, locations where cannabis can be sold and consumed, and possession limits.
Safe disposal of cannabis
When travelling in Canada, it is your responsibility to understand and follow local laws. Check out provincial and territorial websites for more details:
Applications can only be submitted when you have included all of the requirements in the application in the CTLS. Once submitted, applications undergo an initial screening for completeness and clarity.
The guide also gives information on these licence types and the requirements for each.
Note: Questions on the application for a Cannabis Drug Licence may be directed to : [email protected]
Health Canada has established the Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System as the main way to submit licensing applications. The CTLS Getting Started Guide provides information on the steps you need to take to create an account.
8. Submit the application
The guide includes the application requirements for each class of licence. Health Canada reviews all applications strictly and thoroughly against the application requirements outlined in this guide and the requirements outlined in the Regulations. Licences are only issued once all applicable requirements are met.
With the high number of applications for cannabis licences and the rigorous application review, you should expect that it will take some time for your application to begin active review after it is accepted. Key factors in application processing times are the quality of the application and whether it contains sufficient information and evidence to demonstrate how it meets the security measures, the Good Production Practices, and the record-keeping requirements. You can check the status of your application in your CTLS account at any time.
The Cannabis Act and its Regulations provide the framework for legal access to cannabis for adults and they control and regulate its production, distribution and sale.
Applying for a licence under the Cannabis Act and its regulations
In developing a site, applicants should consult the relevant federal, provincial, municipal and indigenous government rules, as noted above. In addition, Health Canada provides the following guidance and information to applicants:
Effective May 8, 2019, Health Canada requires new applicants for cultivation, processing or sales for medical purposes licences to have a fully built site that meets all the requirements of the Cannabis Regulations at the time of their application, as well as satisfying other application criteria.
Winnipeg police would not do an interview but said it has received "numerous complaints" about cannabis grow operations over "odour, safety concerns and the potential for connection to organized crime."
"We have reported it to Health Canada of the odour. We have e-mailed the so-called inspectors that are in charge of Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, et cetera. No one has gotten back to us," said Calisto-Tavares.
He said when cannabis became legal in Canada two years ago, the OPP created a dedicated unit to crack down on the illegal market and police continue to encounter criminals using Health Canada licences to grow.
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Health Canada regulations do not allow anyone convicted of a marijuana-related crime to have a licence to grow, but there are no rules saying any other family member in the same house would not be able to obtain a licence.
If a doctor authorizes cannabis for a patient to use, Health Canada will allow that patient to access it. But the regulatory body says it does not supervise doctors. That responsibility falls on provincial laws and professional colleges.
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"This is a new tax stream that they haven't really touched in many provinces and now you're starting to see some of them jump on it, say 80, 100 million, 200 million dollars is a lot of money relative to the times that we're in right now. Let's go after those dollars," said Robinson.
"There was months we didn't have our grandkids over here because we just didn't think it was safe for them," said Carmen Nedohin.