British Colombia Marijuana Information
Medical marijuana has been legalized in Canada since 2000. In 2013, Canada passed a new law, titled the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, and it overrode the previous medical marijuana legislation. The law updated some of the rules regarding medical marijuana access. One of the most major shifts was that under the new legislation, medical marijuana patients were not allowed to grow their own marijuana. However, that clause in the law was overruled in February 2016 when a federal court judge ruled that it is a constitutional right for medical marijuana patients to be allowed to grow their own cannabis. Growing allows patients to control the strains and doses needed for their treatment.
One unique feature of Canada’s medical marijuana program is that patients must receive their medicine by courier. There are no legally operating storefronts for patients to go and pick their marijuana strains; instead, marijuana ordering is done online with strain recommendations from a patient’s healthcare provider. However, despite not being entirely legal, there are some medical marijuana dispensaries operating in a legal grey area. These retail storefronts are illegal due to their sourcing methods and because the federal law dictates marijuana is not permitted to be sold in a retail store.
Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau popularly proposed the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada as a part of his election platform and has been taking small steps towards legalization since he was elected. At this time, Trudeau has not yet made any changes gearing towards marijuana legalization.
If looking to consume while in Manitoba, it’s best to consume while in the privacy of your home. Recreational marijuana continues to be illegal, and it’s illegal to consume medical marijuana while in public. Manitoba also has legislation that calls for a ban on vaporizing marijuana in most indoor spaces that it’s important to be aware of. If you do choose to consume outside of the home, remember to be very discrete and always use your common sense! Police do still arrest for marijuana consumption and possession. Smoking in public is more common in urban centers, such as Winnipeg. If you do choose to consume in public, a discrete vape pen is your best option for staying under the radar!
MANITOBA CANADA FAQ
Is Marijuana legal in Manitoba?
Yes it is, but only for medical purposes! Medical marijuana is legal in Canada with a qualifying medical condition and prescription from a licensed doctor. Recreational marijuana is not legal.
How can I get medical marijuana?
Canada is unique in that medical marijuana must be obtained via mail, not by visiting a medical marijuana dispensary in person. If you are a Canadian resident with a qualifying medical condition (conditions listed in the question below), you can obtain medical marijuana. You must first meet with your healthcare practitioner who will complete a Medical Document. Then, choose a Licensed Commercial Producer and register your medical document to become a client. A list of authorized producers can be found here. After registering and receiving a prescription, will be able to order directly from your Licensed Commercial Producer. You can find a list of Licensed Commercial Producers here. There is currently one licensee in Manitoba.
Despite not being explicitly legalized, there are medical marijuana dispensaries that operate around the country. These dispensaries are not licensed and obtain marijuana from illegal sources. They are popular because of their convenience, but it is important for medical marijuana patients to know that these dispensaries are not operating legally. At these dispensaries, patients can bring in a prescription for a drug that treats an illness that they could instead use marijuana to treat. After proving a current condition, patients can get a membership to the dispensary. The membership allows them to purchase cannabis over the counter that day, instead of via mail. Unless the government passes a law to license the medical marijuana dispensaries, it is expected that they will be shut down. At the time of this writing, the government is not actively closing dispensaries.
What are the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana?
Patients can receive a prescription for medical marijuana to treat a variety of ailments, including, but not limited to:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Chronic Pain
- Eating Disorders
- Loss of Appetite
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Nausea and vomiting
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Sleep disorders
What types of marijuana will be available?
The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations specifies that authorized producers will be permitted to sell dried marijuana, fresh marijuana, and cannabis oils (for oral consumtion). There will be a number of different strains to choose from, ranging from strong Indicas to strong Sativas and everything in between. Each strain can have unique effects and levels of psychoactive ingredients, so be sure to ask your physician for assistance in choosing the best marijuana strain to help treat your condition. Sativas strains are known for giving a stronger head high with uplifting and energizing effects. Indica strains are known for their full body highs and sedative effects – Indica strains are more likely to give you couch-lock.
At the unlicensed dispensaries, patients can also find pre-made edibles, such as baked goods, lollipops, and gummies, as well as concentrates, used for dabbing.
How much will it cost?
This is dependent on the marijuana providers as well as potency and quality, but patients can expect prices to be between $7-$12 per gram. Prices tend to be closer to the $7 per gram when purchasing from a licensed clinic (via mail) and closer to $12 per gram when purchasing from an unlicensed dispensary. Patients pay for marijuana out of pocket – it is not covered by health insurance.
How much Marijuana can I have?
Patients are permitted to possess up to a 30-day supply of marijuana as prescribed by the patient’s healthcare practitioner, with a maximum of 150 grams. Medical marijuana patients are also permitted to grow marijuana in their homes.
Where can I consume marijuana?
Marijuana consumption is limited to the home and on private property in Manitoba. If choosing to consume in public, always use your discretion and common sense! Marijuana arrests are still common in Manitoba and Manitoba also has a ban on the use of vaporizers at indoor public places.
Can I take my purchase home if I live in another country?
No. All marijuana products purchased in Canada must be consumed in Canada. However, medical marijuana patients in Canada may travel between provinces without issue. If choosing to travel with marijuana, be sure to carry your prescription information.
Can I still get in trouble for marijuana possession?
Yes, you can! Marijuana is still not legal and if choosing to consume, it’s important to be aware of law enforcement. If you are a medical marijuana patient, you are permitted to possess marijuana. If you are stopped, show law enforcement the label from the packaging of the marijuana you have and/or a card from the licensed producer you’ve ordered from.
If you’ve purchased marijuana from a non-licensed dispensary, you can get in trouble, as the dispensary is not approved. The dispensary membership does not mean anything. It will be treated the same as recreational marijuana.
Nothing on this website should be considered legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. Please respect the current state of Marijuana law in your area.
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