Each adult can possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or the equivalent amounts in other forms. You can also freely smoke or vape marijuana in public spaces, once you are not near a school or playground. You are also prohibited from smoking or vaping in a motor vehicle, whether you are the driver or passenger.
You are free to share legal amounts of cannabis with a friend or family member as long as that individual is also an adult. You cannot, however, accept payment in exchange for cannabis unless you are a licensed dealer.
In BC, you can have up to four cannabis plants per household, but they mustn’t be visible from a public space. You must note, though, that if you are renting, landlords and strata bylaws can prohibit the use or growth of marijuana on rental property.
Penalties for cannabis offences
You may face up to 5 years less a day in prison for possessing cannabis amounts over the legal limits. Illegal distribution of large amounts of cannabis, producing cannabis beyond the personal cultivation limits, taking cannabis across Canada’s borders, giving or selling cannabis to a minor and involving youth in a cannabis-related offence each carries a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment.
There are also penalties for using cannabis while driving under Canada’s impaired driving legislation.
Cannabis-impaired driving can carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, depending on the circumstances. If you caused an accident in which someone was injured while you were under the influence of cannabis, you could be imprisoned for up to 14 years. Cannabis-impaired driving resulting in death carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.