Dear Readers: All good joints must come to an end, and so too must our weekly cannabis advice column.
This is the 82nd edition of Dear Herb since The Leaf News launched in November 2017, and I'd like to thank everyone who's written in with questions about weed, cannabis law and more. Canada's legal cannabis regime can be confusing, and I hope I've helped a few of you make sense of things.
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Since legalization, I've received a nearly endless stream of questions about legal home cannabis cultivation in Canada. The answers to many of those questions can be found in our online guide to growing legal cannabis in Canada. Remember: no matter how you slice it, the federal Cannabis Act doesn't allow Canadian adults to grow more than four cannabis plants per household. It doesn't matter if the plants aren't budding, it doesn't matter if you have more than one adult living in a household, and it doesn't matter if the cannabis plants are CBD-only — it's a maximum of four cannabis per household, full stop.
The only way to legally grow more than four cannabis plants at home is with a valid medical cannabis authorization for personal or designated cultivation.
Questions about flying with cannabis have also been a common theme.Advertisement
Yes, Canadian adults can legally bring cannabis on a domestic flight within Canada, as long as they follow the rules. The airport security authority CATSA says it doesn't matter how that cannabis is packaged when you're going through security screenings. (For the comfort of your fellow travellers, I'd recommend something smell-proof!)
Other recurring questions have asked how to legally buy cannabis online. Unless you have a medical cannabis authorization, as of the date of this article you're almost certainly breaking the law if you order cannabis online from another province. Here's some advice on how to tell the difference between a legal online source of cannabis and an illegal source.
Finally, I've received plenty of questions about sharing cannabis in various forms between adults. Here's my column on sharing homegrown medical cannabis, and here's what I learned about sharing medical cannabis seeds and seedlings with non-medical growers (it's a bit of a grey area, but there doesn't appear to be an express legal prohibition).
In terms of simply sharing non-medical cannabis between adults, it's perfectly legal to share — not to sell — legally purchased or legally cultivated cannabis with another adult, up to 30 grams at a time.
Here are links to a some of my go-to government resources for accurate information on Canada's cannabis laws and industry:
That's it for me. Thanks again for all your questions over the past two years, and thanks especially for reading and sharing with your friends. I wish you all a dank future in the era of legal cannabis, with healthy gardens and overflowing stashes.