It's no secret that there has definitely has been a learning curve for the Canadian government when it comes to the whole weed situation. I mean, they did at one point claim that areas of the country were getting weed for as low as $5 a gram. Though, if you thought that provinces would get wiser with the impending marijuana legalization date, you are very, very wrong.
Unfortunately, we can't say there's only one serial offender considering there are actually a ton of provinces that are dolling out some pretty comical weed laws. Whether you are living in the West of East coast of the country, unfortunately, you won't be a stranger to an odd legal demand from your local government with regard to marijuana.
Quebec banning anyone from selling products that have a marijuana leaf displayed on it.
One of the more recent odd laws introduced was Quebec's sudden decision that nobody can sell anything with a marijuana leaf on it. That's right - no t-shirts, shot glasses, mugs, nothing. The law doesn't really make sense to anybody, but you could be hit with a $2,500 to $62,500 fine for your first offence. It gets even worse for repeat offenders who could see a fine as large as $125,000 for selling any kinds of products, even something as simple as a poster with any link to marijuana.
British Columbia fining people whose marijuana plants in their homes are visible to passersby.
Unfortunately, British Columbia isn't a stranger to an odd low or two. One of the more popular odd laws is the fact that you can now be fined if people can see marijuana plants in your house from the street.
If you thought the Quebec fines were harsh, British Columbia has ones even harsher for what feels like a ridiculous "offence." If you're caught with your plants too out in the open, you could be hit with a fine of up to $5,000 or even three months in jail if it's your first offence. If it's a second offence, that fine doubles on the spot.
Manitoba and Quebec banning residents from growing weed.
While other provinces are allowing residents to grow up to 4 plants per household, Manitoba and Quebec decided to completely ban the concept. While you can have plants in your house, the rule is that you can't grow them yourself. Neither province is being lax about the ban, either. For Quebec residents, you can face a fine between $250-$750 if you're caught for the first time, but that fine goes up to $1500 if you're caught again. On Manitoba's end, you'll be caught with a $2,542 fine regardless of whether it's your first offence or not.
Ontario, British Columbia, P.E.I and Manitoba all banning people from consuming marijuana on boats.
Now, this rule isn't in regard to smoking and driving which of course, is a 100% warranted law. We aren't talking about the driver here, but rather the passengers. It seems Ontario, British Columbia, P.E.I and Manitoba don't realize you can't hotbox a boat that's got no ceiling or really any confining properties that could get everybody in the boat high. Especially considering moving boats involve wind... that blows the smoke away.
While it seems ridiculous, the fines are even more shocking. P.E.I has the smallest fines for the offence, where you'll be charge within the range of $200-$400 for your first time but in between $400-$700 for a repeat offence. In Manitoba, you'll see a $2542 fine across the board. For Ontarians, you'll see a $1000 fine if it's your first offence that goes up to $5000 if you're caught again. Finally, in British Columbia's case, it's even more insane, where you get a $5000 fine for a first-time offence and $10,000 for a secondary offence, with a risk of 3-6 months in jail as well.
British Columbia banning marijuana consumption if you are at a park or beach where kids are around.
Now nobody is saying people who are smoking marijuana should be able to go up to a kid's playground and blow the smoke in their face. All we're saying is public spaces such as parks and beaches shouldn't be completely nixed just because kids use them, especially considering parks and beaches are naturally large areas where smokers can easily distance themselves from kids and families.
Saskatchewan completely banning marijuana consumption in public places.
Saskatchewan decided to take British Columbia's weird law a step further and go beyond just banning consumption at parks or beaches but also anywhere that's deemed a public place. Basically, your only option for sparking up is your closet -unless you want to get stuck with a $200 fine.
New Brunswick ordering residents to "lock away" their marijuana if they have it at home.
While it makes sense that you would want to keep marijuana away from any young children in your house, New Brunswick's law applies to all users. Meaning even if it's just you in your house, you've got to lock away your marijuana somewhere when you aren't using it. The extra precaution really just feels like they're taking the whole "stealing from mom and dad's liquor cabinet" thing a little too seriously.