Cannabis Legalization 

Cannabis Legalization

Until October 17, 2018, it remains illegal to buy, possess or use cannabis for anything other than authorized medical or research purposes.

It is, and will continue to be after October 17, 2018, illegal to use cannabis in a public space.

Ontario has passed new laws about how, where and who can buy, possess and consume cannabis in the province. Some, but not all, of the rules around cannabis-use include:

  • must be minimum age of 19 or older to use
  • cannot be used in a public place
  • prohibited at workplaces or in motorized vehicles
  • illegal to drive drug-impaired
  • must purchase through a government-regulated distributor

The City of Brantford may choose to pass new by-laws as a result of cannabis legalization and these will likely come into effect in early 2019.

If you choose to use, lower your risk.

Know your Cannabis

Cannabis products should only be purchased through government-regulated distributors.

Age Matters

Under 25, your brain is still growing. Cannabis use can cause long-lasting damage to your brain.

Avoid the burn

Smoking burnt cannabis can harm your lungs. Choose non-burning methods like vaping or edibles.

All things in moderation

Daily use can increase health and social problems. Limit to occasional use.

Hand over the keys

Or wait at least 6 hours or more after using cannabis before driving. It is illegal to drive drug-impaired.

When to say no

If you are living with mental health issues, responsible for the safety of others, pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s best to say no.

Just because it’s legal, doesn’t make it good for you.

The Brant County Health Unit provides additional health resources and research associated with Cannabis use.

Provincial legislation will govern the sale and use of cannabis in Ontario.