Common Questions

Is marijuana legal in BC?

Not for recreational use. Possession of marijuana is a criminal offense across Canada, under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

However, you can have up to 150 grams of dried marijuana for medical purposes—if you get a document (like a prescription) from a doctor. If you have more than that, you can still be charged.

Vancouver has medical-marijuana dispensaries, for which you need a development permit and business license.

The Canadian government has created a Task Force to design a new system to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to marijuana. Their website states that the government, “has committed to introducing legislation on the legalization and strict regulation of marijuana in spring 2017.”

Good starting points include:

  • Possession of Marijuana, published by the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, explains what the prosecutor must prove to convict you, and what the penalties are.

  • Current Marijuana Laws, published by the Department of Justice, provides a helpful infographic on the status of marijuana laws in Canada, and links to Questions and Answers on the Task Force, current Legislation, Taxation, Drug Impaired Driving, and more.


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Last reviewed November 2016
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