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Weed Authorized cannabis retailers in the provinces and territories


The purpose of this webpage is to help Canadians:

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Responsibilities of the provinces and territories

Provinces and territories are responsible for determining the sale and distribution of cannabis within their jurisdictions.

They set rules around:

Provinces and territories also have the flexibility to set added restrictions, including:

  • lowering possession limits
  • increasing the minimum age
  • restricting where cannabis may be used in public
  • setting added requirements on personal cultivation

Identifying legal cannabis products

Only federal cannabis license holders are able to grow cannabis for sale. This ensures that all legal cannabis products meet strict product safety and quality control requirements.

Legal cannabis products are only sold through retailers authorized by provincial and territorial governments, with one exception. Individuals who are authorized by a health care professional can register to buy cannabis products for medical purposes directly from a federally licensed seller.

Every package of a legal cannabis product has:

  • the standardized cannabis symbol
  • mandatory health warning messages
  • plain packaging and labeling that is child-resistant
  • an excise stamp, which is different for each province and territory
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Example of a legal cannabis product that displays the standardized cannabis symbol, the health warning messages, the excise stamp, and child-resistant plain packaging and labeling.



Each province or territory has its own excise stamp for legal cannabis products (except for products with less than 0.3% THC). The stamp has security features to prevent forgery, just like passports and banknotes.

Identifying illegal cannabis retailers

You should only purchase cannabis from legal retailers in your province or territory. Common signs to help identify an illegal cannabis retailer are:

  • no age verification
  • appealing packaging or products
  • ships cannabis everywhere in Canada
  • referral or sign up bonuses or other promotions
  • requesting payment by e-transfer or cryptocurrency, credit cards are not accepted

If you’re concerned or have a complaint about a possible illegal cannabis retailer, you should contact your local law enforcement or nearest Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment.

Legal cannabis in the provinces and territories

Adults are allowed to purchase legal cannabis products, seeds and plants from authorized retailers. You’re responsible for knowing what’s legal in the province or territory where you live or visit.

Information on legal cannabis in all provinces and territories is provided below, including:

  • a link to their list of retail stores
  • their age restrictions
  • a brief outline of where you can buy legal cannabis
  • their public possession limits
  • their excise stamp

Go to your provincial or territorial website for more details.



alberta

Link to Alberta’s list of retail stores
Legal age: 18
Where legal to buy: Private licensed in-person and online stores
Public possession limit: 30 grams of dried cannabis or equivalent
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: orange


Manitoba

Link to Manitoba’s list of retail stores
Legal age: 19
Where legal to buy: Private licensed in person and online stores
Public possession limit: 30 grams of dried cannabis or equivalent
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: gray


Newfoundland and Labrador



Nunavut

Link to Nunavut’s list of retail stores
Legal age: 19
Where legal to buy: Private licensed in person and online stores
Public possession limit: 30 grams of dried cannabis or equivalent
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: dark blue


Ontario

Link to Ontario’s list of retail stores
Legal age: 19
Where legal to buy: Private licensed in-person stores or government-operated online store
Public possession limit: 30 grams of dried cannabis or equivalent
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: yellow


Quebec

Link to Quebec’s list of retail stores
Legal age: 21
Where legal to buy: Government-operated in-person and online blinds
Public possession limit: 30 grams of dried cannabis or equivalent
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: light blue


Saskatchewan

Link to Saskatchewan’s list of retail stores
Legal age: 19
Where legal to buy: Private licensed in-person and online stores
Public possession limit: 30 grams of dried cannabis or equivalent
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: light green


yukon

Link to Yukon’s list of retail stores
Legal age: 19
Where legal to buy: Private licensed in-person stores or government-operated online store
Public possession limit: 30 grams of dried cannabis or equivalent
Excise stamp:
Excise stamp colour: pink


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