Like most Canadian provinces, BC will establish the minimum age for purchasing and using cannabis same as the legal drinking age.
The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) will be the sole, wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis for the province. LDB has entered Memorandums of Understanding with 31 licensed producers to guarantee the cannabis supply in British Columbia.
When transporting cannabis within British Columbia, it must be kept in a sealed package and inaccessible to a car’s driver and its occupants.
Residents of BC will be allowed to buy seeds and grow their own plants, up to four plants per residence, as long as they are not visible from the outside. No growing in homes used as daycares or assisted living homes. Deemed grow ban in existing leases.
INFORMATION AT A GLANCE
Where to Buy?
You'll be able to buy cannabis through both private and public retail shops and online through a government-run website. No co-location with alcohol or tobacco allowed. Municipalities must approve the location of retail stores.
19 years is the minimum age to buy, carry, use, and share.
Public Use is allowed wherever tobacco smoking is permitted. It is forbidden inside vehicles and in places frequented by children, including provincial parks and beaches.
For more information about cannabis regulations in British Columbia, please refer to BC LDB Cannabis Updates and B.C.’s Approach to Legalization.
Once legalized, all recreational cannabis will be sourced from ACMPR Licensed Producers only. This ensures quality assurance, 3rd party testing, and other important regulations are strictly followed.
All provinces and territories have set 30 grams as the maximum amount an individual can buy or carry in public at a time.