When marijuana legalization comes into effect on October 17, 2018, Canadians will be faced with a myriad of regulations and laws that will affect the ways in which they can purchase, carry, and consume marijuana. These laws will undoubtedly cause unnecessary complications and frustrations for Canadians. Here are the 4 most significant ways in which we think legalization will disappoint Canadians.
1 – There is no Legal Framework for Edibles or Concentrates
Other forms of marijuana such as edibles and concentrates (shatter, wax, etc.) will not be available in legally regulated dispensaries. This means that Canadians will have to turn to mail order marijuana services like Cannaporium in order to buy these products. Analysts believe that there will be significant demand for concentrates and edibles based on statistics from US states where recreational marijuana is legal. Upon legalization in 2016, the state of California reported that a quarter of its marijuana sales consisted of vapable concentrates. While in Washington, sales of marijuana buds fell from 87% to 67% of total sales within 2 years of concentrates being on the market.
2 – Different Provinces Will Have Different Carry & Consumption Laws
Since different provinces will have different regulations surrounding the purchasing, carrying, and consumption of cannabis products, Canadians will have to be aware of what laws are applicable where. The complications will begin at the counter, as legal age and purchase quantity laws will differ across provinces. Moreover, provinces will have strict laws regarding the transportation of weed. Some provinces will require that marijuana products be safely stored out of reach of car occupants at all times, whereas others will restrict the carrying of opened and unsealed packages of marijuana products altogether.
3 – Strict Rules Around Retail Spaces & Public Smoking Will Frustrate Canadians
Provinces that will allow brick and mortar dispensaries to conduct business on October 17 will have strict rules around the locations of these businesses. Marijuana storefronts will be positioned at specific distances from schools and other retailers. As such, Canadians might find themselves traveling unnecessarily long distances to purchase legal weed when they could just order it online from third-party retailers like Cannaporium.
Even if Canadians are able to get their weed, they will be forced to deal with diverse laws surrounding public consumption and smoking spaces. For instance, in Ontario, weed can be publicly smoked anywhere that tobacco can. However, across the border in Quebec, towns and boroughs in the Montreal area have chosen to ban consumption in public places such as parks and trails.
Canadians will be further frustrated by housing regulations and bylaws enforced by private companies that own and operate apartment buildings and condominiums. Many, though not all, of these companies are expected to enact regulations that prohibit smoking or growing marijuana indoors.
4 – Canadians Might Not Have Access to a Legal Dispensary on October 17
When legalization comes into effect, Canadians in some provinces will not have access to legally approved local marijuana distributors or dispensaries. Provinces like Ontario and Nunavut will have no legally licensed brick and mortar dispensaries to serve local customers. Moreover, many Canadians might find themselves having to travel inconvenient distances to local dispensaries, and relying on convenient mail order marijuana services like Cannaporium instead.