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Learn About Marijuana In Ontario

Frequently Asked Questions About Marijuana in Ontario

Where Are Dispensaries Located in Ontario?

Approximately 150 standalone stores will be opened by 2020 in all regions of the province. The first 14 cities that will set up government-run marijuana stores by 2018 are Brampton, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Mississauga, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vaughn and Windsor. All consumers will be able to access cannabis through an online retail website.

Who Can Buy Medically in Ontario? Recreationally?

People 19 and over will be able to buy, possess and grow recreational cannabis. This is the same age as the minimum age for the sale of tobacco and alcohol in Ontario. Medical Marijuana laws in Canada are regulated by the ACMPR program.

This puts the decision of cannabis use for medicinal purposes in the hands of the patient or physician. Medicinal clinics require that a patient's diagnosis be made within the last five years and must come from a practicing physician within Canada.

How Do I Become a Medical Patient?

To become a medical patient, an authorized health care practitioner must access your ACMPR program eligibility. All medical records must be within a specific time frame and all documentation must be verified.

The quickest way to obtain a medical marijuana card is to consult with a physician who already knows your medical history. There are multiple online networks that assist with helping patients find a medical marijuana-friendly doctor in Canada.

Where Can I Consume Cannabis?

In Ontario, smoking recreational cannabis is only permitted in a private residence (including the outdoor space of a home), and in a unit or balcony, if you live in a multi-unit building.

You will not be allowed to use recreational cannabis in any public space, workplace, or motorized vehicle. Using cannabis in pubic will result in a fine of up to $1,000 for a first offense. If you have a medical card you can smoke cannabis in pubic. However, even with a medical card you are still not able to smoke in public places, in cars, at work or near children.

How Do I Find a Job in the Ontario Cannabis Industry?

With Canada legalizing marijuana, there is an expected 150,000 cannabis jobs coming to the country. Check out Leafbuyer’s Jobs Board for information about employment in Canada and other relevant information.

With the legalization of the use of recreational marijuana, the company could be a great resource for people wanting to get into the marijuana industry.

Is Drug Testing for Cannabis Legal in Ontario?

Ontario's human rights laws make it difficult for employers to force workers to get tested to show if they used drugs or alcohol at work or before work. There must be a connection between the testing and making sure that people are doing their jobs properly and safely.

Employers are encouraged to consider different forms of medical assessments or even counseling before administering any drug or alcohol test. A failure to so do, may lead to a violation of the employees' human rights.

Is Cannabis Delivery Legal in Ontario?

Yes, medical marijuana delivery is legal in Ontario. However, it is unclear whether recreational marijuana will be delivered.

How is Cannabis Paid for at Ontario Dispensaries?

The payment process for marijuana in Canada is slowly becoming more convenient. Dispensaries are now looking into different payment methods for their customers to use. Many dispensaries offer conventional ATMs in their stores or something called a “cashless ATM” where you put the money in an ATM and receive a voucher in return.

Some dispensaries also have hidden merchant accounts, where they use a different name as their trade name for the merchant account. Some licensed cannabis businesses accept cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. These payment solutions, however, lack the completeness traditional bank processes offer.

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Ontario Marijuana Laws

The Cannabis Act creates a strict legal framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale, and possession of cannabis across Canada. The Act aims to accomplish 3 goals:

  • Keep cannabis out of the hands of youths
  • Keep profits from cannabis out of the hands of criminals
  • Protect public health and safety by allowing adults access to safe, legal cannabis

Cannabis and Driving

It is illegal to drive impaired by drugs. If an officer finds that you are impaired from cannabis, you could face penalties, such as an immediate license suspension, fines, a criminal record, and jail time.

Cannabis and Minors

No person may sell or provide cannabis to any person under the age of 19 years of age. Giving or selling cannabis to youths or using a youth to commit a cannabis-related offense could resulting 14 years in jail.

Growing Cannabis at Home

Individuals will be able to grow up to four plants per residence and will be able to purchase seeds and seedlings legally from Ontario Cannabis Stores.

Penalties and Fines

Using cannabis in public can result in a fine of $1,000 for a first offense and $5,000 for subsequent offenses. Driving under the influence of marijuana can result in an immediate license suspension, fines, possible vehicle impoundment, a possible criminal record, and potential jail time.

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