Newfoundland and Labrador Marijuana Information
As of October 17th, 2018 Recreational Cannabis is now legal and shops are opening their doors! In Canada, the culture towards marijuana is pretty friendly and accepting. This is true in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador as well, although only about 100 Newfoundland and Labrador residents are registered for Canada’s medical marijuana program. Public consumption is illegal in the province and it’s recommended that if you do choose to consume, it should be at home or on private property. If you do choose to consume in public, a discrete vape pen is your best option for staying under the radar – always remember to stay discrete and use common sense!
Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2000. Canada passed a new marijuana law in 2013 called the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. These new regulations override the previous legislation and update some rules regarding medical marijuana access. One of the biggest changes was that under the new legislation, patients were not allowed to grow their own marijuana. However, that precedent was overruled in February 2016 when a federal judge ruled that it is a constitutional right for patients to grow their own cannabis. By growing their own marijuana, patients are able to grow the specific strains and varieties needed to best treat their illnesses.
For a directory of Canadian Medical Marijuana Producers, click here!
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR FAQ
Is Marijuana legal in Newfoundland and Labrador?
As of October 17th, 2018 Recreational Cannabis is now legal and shops are opening their doors!
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 below), you can obtain medical marijuana. You must first meet with your healthcare practitioner to fill out 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. At this time, there are no licensed producers in Newfoundland and Labrador, but medical marijuana patients can order marijuana from any licensed producers in the country.
What are the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana?
Patients can receive a prescription for medical marijuana to treat a variety of illnesses, 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 (in capsules for oral consumption). 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, whereas sativa strains are more likely to keep you active. Sativas are better for daytime smoking and Indicas are preferable at night.
How much will it cost?
This is dependent on the marijuana providers as well as potency and quality, but patients and recreational consumers can expect prices to be around $7-$12 per gram. Prices are closer to the $7 per gram price when purchasing from a licensed clinic. The prices get closer to $12 per gram when you are purchasing from an unlicensed dispensary. Medical marijuana is not covered by health insurance, so patients should expect pay for their marijuana out of pocket.
How much Marijuana can I have?
Patients are permitted up to a 30-day supply of marijuana as prescribed by the patient’s healthcare practitioner, with the allowed limit maxing out at 150 grams. Medical marijuana patients are allowed to grow their own marijuana. At this time, there is no limit set for how much can be grown.
Where can I consume marijuana?
Marijuana consumption is limited to the home and private property in Newfoundland and Labrador. If choosing to consume in public, always use your discretion and common sense! A discrete vape pen is your best option for staying under the radar.
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 with you, easily accessible.
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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