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How to Partake Legally in the Prairies (Manitoba)

Date: Feb 4, 2019

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With each country, province and territory making its own laws and regulations towards cannabis, it’s important to know the 411 whenever traveling to avoid getting thrown in a Thai jail like you’re in Brokedown Palace. Today’s guide will be to the dos and don’ts of cannabis consumption in Manitoba. Cannabis was legalized in Canada, including Manitoba, on October 17, 2018 but there are quite a few discrepancies in the laws to keep in mind.

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First off, not all forms of cannabis are legalized. Dispensaries are open to the public and you can purchase dry flower, oils, and accessories for consumption of cannabis. The current laws and regulations in Manitoba say that tokers 19 years and older may possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis in public (federal and other provincial laws may be set at 18 years of age and older); those same individuals may share the same amount with other individuals 19 years of age or older who do not appear to be intoxicated, may purchase from provincially or federally-licensed retailers, and may make infused food and drink at home. They may not create concentrated products or alter the chemical or physical properties of cannabis with organic solvents. Edibles and concentrates will be legalized for sale approximately one year from cannabis’ legalization date in Canada. Sounds pretty good, right?

Now onto possession limits. There are no laws specific to Manitoba which limit possession quantities of cannabis, so the federal law applies. This is important to know if you plan to buy, carry, or smoke cannabis in Manitoba. It is illegal for an individual in Manitoba who is 18 19 years of age or older to possess, in a public place, cannabis, the total amount of which, is equivalent to more than 30 g of dried cannabis. The following are equivalent to one gram of dried cannabis: 5 grams of fresh cannabis, 15 grams of solids containing cannabis, 70 grams of non-solids containing cannabis liquid product, .25 grams of concentrate, or one cannabis plant seed. In Manitoba, it is illegal for a person to cultivate cannabis in their residence. It is also illegal in Manitoba to provide his or her identification to a young person with the intent of enabling the young person to purchase cannabis or enter an age-restricted cannabis store.

You’ve heard all the good news, now let’s get on to the don’ts of what to do when you’re visiting the great white north. First know that medical cannabis laws and regulations remain intact. The most obvious offense when it comes to marijuana is possession over the legal limit, but we just discussed that so, you’re good, right? In case you missed it and do possess over the limit, you may be penalized with small fines up to $5,000 or up to five years less a day in jail. For illegal distribution, the punishment for individuals ranges from small fines up to $15,000 to 14 years in jail, depending on the amount. Growing more than is legal or creating products with combustible solvents also carries similar penalties. For all y’all Americans crossing the border to Canada for some good time and free health care, moving cannabis across Canadian borders can result in up to 14 years in jail as can giving or selling to minors. No small fines here, folks. Using a youth to commit a cannabis-related offense? Yup, fines up to $15,000 and of up to 14 years in jail. In Manitoba, any individual who is guilty of an offence is liable to a fine of up to $100,000 and 1 year in jail or both.

The long and short of it is that cannabis, in the right quantities and from the correct places, is completely legal and plentiful in Canada and Manitoba. They just want everyone to have a good time. So as long as you obey, you can have your space cake and eat it too.

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This publication and the information contained herein are provided for educational and informational purposes only and are not intended to provide you with any legal, medical or health-related advice on the subject of cannabis or the health effects of cannabis use, and should not be relied upon by you for such matters. Although 10552763 Canada Corp. operating as Garden Variety uses reasonable efforts to provide accurate and reliable information, we do not guarantee that the information provided will always be accurate, reliable or current. You should assess whether you require additional information and, where appropriate, consult with your health care professional, physician, wellness care provider and/or other professionals before making legal, medical or health decisions.

This publication and the information contained herein are provided for educational and informational purposes only and are not intended to provide you with any legal, medical or health-related advice on the subject of cannabis or the health effects of cannabis use. Although Native Roots uses reasonable efforts to provide accurate and reliable information, we do not guarantee that the information provided will always be accurate, reliable or current. You should consult with your physician, or other health care professional about any health related questions or concerns.

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