WHERE TO BUY WEED IN QUEBEC;On October 17, 2018, Canada legalized recreational marijuana in full. Growers can get licensed by the federal government, and then individual provinces will determine how the product gets distributed and sold.

How old do I have to be to buy cannabis in Quebec?

For now, anyone 18 or older can buy it. But the new CAQ government says it will increase the minimum age to 21, pointing to studies that suggest cannabis use can harm young, developing brains.

Alberta also chose 18 as the minimum age but all other provinces and territories opted for 19.

Where can I consume cannabis?

These rules are complicated, in flux and may change.

Quebec’s current law bars people from consuming cannabis wherever tobacco smoking is prohibited, as well as in some other locations.

The long list of places where consumption is barred includes bars, restaurants, CÉGEPs, universities, sports centres, daycares, schools, hospitals, bus shelters and within nine metres of the doors and windows of these places.

Usage is also forbidden in outdoor play areas intended for children that are open to the public, including splash pads, wading pools and skate parks, as well as within nine metres of these places.

But Quebec’s current law is mute on the topic of other public spaces such as parks and streets, leaving that detail to cities.

Some municipalities have tried to fill the void — Hampstead, Westmount and Quebec City are restricting smoking in some or all public spaces.

Montreal has opted not to pass its own bylaw, instead sticking with provincial rules that allow marijuana use in parks and streets.

However, puffing on marijuana is still be verboten in some Montreal parks.

That’s because five boroughs where the Ensemble Montréal opposition party controls local councils — St-Laurent, Pierrefonds-Roxboro, St-Léonard, Montreal North and Rivière-des-Prairies—Pointe-aux-Trembles — say cannabis use should be banned in public places.

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