Yes Pot Is Legal In Canada, But These Things Are Definitely Not
Know the rules or risk hefty fines and jail time.
As of two days ago, recreational marijuana officially became legal across Canada. However, there are still some serious rules to follow.
Not following the rules can get you fired from your job, serving years in jail or paying severe penalties. So, if you plan on staying out of trouble, do yourself a favour and don't do the following.
Smoke pot if it's against company policy
Whether weed is legal or not, companies still have the right to dictate whether or not you can use it if you're working for them. They certainly have grounds to fire you if you don't follow their rules.
Air Canada, as well as serval police forces and public transportation services around the country, have put strict no-cannabis policies into place for their employees. This can include employees who are on and off duty.
As an employee, your only way around your company's policy is a medical marijuana prescription. In this case, companies are required to accommodate their employee by reorganizing aspects of their jobs, for example.
Drive with pot in the car
Rules for driving with cannabis in the car are similar to rules for having alcohol in the car. If it's deemed accessible to the driver, it's illegal.
On day one of pot legalization, a man in northern Ontario was caught with marijuana in a ziplock baggie. He was fined $215.
One exception is if the pot is still in its packaging. If it's unopened and not accessible to the driver or any passengers, that doesn't warrant any tickets or charges.
Having 31 grams on you instead of the 30-gram limit
As the law stands, a person can only possess up to 30 grams of dried marijuana while in a public place.
Those caught with even 31 grams can face fines or charges. With small overages, one could expect a ticket. However, carrying way over the legal limit can result in up to five years in jail.
Buying from your dealer
That's right, your trusty dealer who you've relied on all these years is now prohibited. Cannabis in Canada is only legal if it's been purchased from the government.
However, according to a Toronto-based cannabis lawyer, if you get caught with black market weed, it's hard for police to get you in trouble. That's because there's really no official way for them to tell where you got your stash from. As long as what you've got is under the possession limit of 30 grams there's really no probing they can do.
However, if for some reason your dealer gets caught, they could be ticketed for small amounts sold or spend up to 14 years in jail for large amounts.
Selling your stash to a friend
According to the law, you can only "gift" someone marijuana. So, if you're looking to charge your buddy for giving him a few grams, that's technically illegal. This goes hand in hand with the rules for buying from the black market, AKA your pot dealer.
Selling a small amount could result in a ticket but large amounts could land you up to 14 years in jail.
Driving with more than two nanograms of THC in your system
A study by McGill University found that the effects of marijuana can impair drivers for anywhere from five to 24 hours, depending on the amount consumed.
The government has set the legal limit at two nanograms of THC per ml of blood for drivers. This can be tricky because the way marijuana effects people can differ from person to person. Even if someone doesn't necessarily feel high when they're driving after having consumed cannabis in the day, they could still be over the legal limit.
Having over 2 nanograms but under 5 nanograms could result in a $1,000 fine. Police officersat the roadside if they have reason to suspect that you are driving high.
If your blood test results show that you have over 5 nanograms of THC in your system, your first offence will land you a $1,000 ticket, 30 days imprisonment for a second offence, and 120 days in prison for a third offence.
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