Common Questions

Is marijuana legal in BC?


Not for recreational use. Possession of marijuana/cannabis is still 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.

Coming soon

There is a proposed Cannabis Act which would create a legal framework to control the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis across Canada. If it is approved by Parliament, the bill could become law with a target date of no later than July 2018. Cannabis remains illegal unless and until the act comes into force.

Good starting points include:

  • Introduction of the Cannabis Act: Questions and Answers, published by the Government of Canada, provides an FAQ on the proposed Act which would legalize and regulate the purchase and consumption of cannabis (marijuana). Read about the role of provinces, what adults in Canada can do once the Act comes into force, how youth will be protected, and more.
  • 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 current Legislation, Taxation, Drug Impaired Driving, and more.

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Last reviewed June 2017
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