Recreational cannabis is now legal in Canada — these are the rules in B.C.
Canada Post will undertake age verification checks if a customer appears to be younger than 25
Recreational pot is now legal across the country — but the rules are slightly different in every province.
Here’s what you need to know about the regulations in B.C.
Who can buy?
British Columbians aged 19 and older can legally purchase non-medical cannabis online from the BC Cannabis Stores (BCS) site.
The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) has entered into a contract with Canada Post to deliver online cannabis orders to customers.
Canada Post will undertake age-verification checks if a customer appears to be under the age of 25.
If age verification fails, the product will be returned to the LDB and full purchase price and associated taxes will be refunded.
Online orders will be shipped from the LDB’s distribution centre within 48 business hours of order placement.
How much will it cost?
Here are some of the prices you can expect to pay for different legal pot items:
- For dried flower, prices range from $6.99/gram to $13.99/gram.
- Oils will be sold in 15, 20 and 30 millilitre bottles, with prices ranging from $20.99 to $139.99 (for a multipack).
- Capsules will be available in packages of 30 for $34.99.
- Pre-rolls range from $4.20 to $54.99 depending on half-gram, full-gram or multi-pack option.
- Bongs are listed on the online site for $54.99 and $74.99.
The first BC Cannabis Store location is set to open in Kamloops at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
The store, which is located in the Columbia Place Shopping Centre, will have 24 cannabis consultants. It will feature about 85 dried-flower strains of cannabis plus a selection of oils, capsules and pre-rolls approved by Health Canada
Customers will pay a $10 shipping fee when ordering from the BCS online store.
More stores coming
Additional licensed cannabis retail stores will open in the next few months as retailers go through the regulatory and permit process, according to a statement from the B.C. government.
Private and public retailers will be allowed to sell dried cannabis, cannabis oils, capsules and seeds that comply with federal requirements.
These stores may also sell cannabis accessories like rolling papers, pipes and bongs.
Where can I smoke?
Smoking pot will be banned everywhere cigarette smoking is prohibited, as well as in vehicles, and places where children commonly gather — including school properties, playgrounds, sports fields and skate parks.
Explore how cannabis is being regulated across Canada here:
British Columbians who are 19 and older can now legally purchase non-medical cannabis.
British Columbia Marijuana Information
British Columbia has a massive network of parks!
British Colombia is very marijuana friendly – perhaps because of its proximity to the green state of Washington. Vancouver has been a trailblazer in creating new marijuana regulations regarding the illegal medical marijuana dispensaries operating around the country and in February 2016, a federal judge in British Colombia ruled that medical marijuana patients have the constitutional right to grow their own marijuana.
In 2000, Canada became one of the first countries in the world to rule that its citizens have a right to use cannabis for medicinal purposes. In 2013, the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations passed and the new law changed some of the rules regarding access to medical marijuana. One major shift was that under the new medical marijuana 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 grow their own cannabis. This allows patients to control the strains and doses needed to be suit 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 retail storefronts for patients to pick out their marijuana strains; instead, marijuana ordering is done online. Strain recommendations must come from a patient’s healthcare provider or someone online who can help recommend a good choice.
As of October 17th, 2018 Recreational Cannabis is now legal and shops are opening their doors!
It remains illegal to consume marijuana in public in British Colombia, but a number of lounges operate under the “safe space” law and provide a place for medical marijuana users to come consume. The lounges do not sell marijuana, and only provide a place for marijuana users to congregate and consume together. The presence of these lounges has given Vancouver the nickname “Vansterdam” – you don’t need a medical prescription to get it, so tourists are welcome. Just bring your own marijuana! When choosing to consume, always use your common sense and discretion.
For a list of all of the Canadian Medical Marijuana Producers, click here!
British Columbia FAQ
Is Marijuana legal in British Colombia?
Yes, for both recreational and medical purposes. Medical marijuana is legal in all of Canada with a qualifying medical condition and prescription from a licensed doctor. As of October 17th, 2018 Recreational Cannabis is now legal and shops are opening their doors!
How can I get marijuana?
In Canada, 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, you can get a prescription for medical marijuana. 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 are currently seven licensed producers in British Colombia.
In Vancouver specifically, there are a few dispensaries that have been licensed by the city and are now licensed operators. It is expected the number of licensed dispensaries will only continue to grow as dispensaries adapt to the city’s conditions for approval.
If you are an adult over the age of 19, get out there to a rec dispensary and make a legal recreational cannabis purchase and breathe a deep sigh of relief!
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?
On the medical side, the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations specifies that licensed producers will only be permitted to sell dried marijuana and oils for taking orally. 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 different effects, 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 generally uplifting and energizing effects. Indica strains are known for their full body highs and sedative, tiring effects – Indica strains are more likely to give you couch-lock.
Recreational stores will have a wide variety of products from dried flower, to concentrates, as well as edibles. Go find the right product for you!
How much will it cost?
This is dependent on the marijuana providers, which product you will be purchasing, as well as potency and quality, but patients and recreational consumers can expect prices to be between $8-$16 per gram.
How much Marijuana can I have?
In public, adults may possess up to 30 grams of usable marijuana, but there is no limits to the amount you may have at home. Additionally, all adults may cultivate up to 4 cannabis plants at home. What a world!
Where can I consume marijuana?
Marijuana consumption is forbidden in public, so patients must restrict consumption to the home or private property. British Colombia also has a “safe space” law that allows lounges to operate. These lounges do not sell marijuana, but they provide a space for marijuana users to congregate and consume together. These lounges typically have vaporizers, bongs, and other smoking devices available for rent, as well as munchies for sale. The lounges are operating legally, as long as they are not selling marijuana.
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, you may travel between provinces without issue.
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.
Although recreational marijuana is not yet legal anywhere in Canada, the province of British Colombia is very marijuana friendly.