Smoking Cannabis – 5 Questions

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Can I smoke cannabis in a park? What about at home? Can I grow it in my garden? Your questions answered!

Outside

I’m with my friends at a park. Can I smoke cannabis?

It has been illegal to smoke cannabis in public places since November 1st, 2019.

This means that you can’t smoke in a street, on a sidewalk, in a park, in bike lanes, or any other place accessible to the public. The minimum fine is $500.

However, cities have the power to allow cannabis smoking in specific areas of their parks.

Is vaping considered “smoking”?

Yes. Joints, vapes, bongs…at the end of the day they are all ways of smoking cannabis, which is illegal in public areas.

At home

I’m renting an apartment. Can I smoke inside?

It depends. If your landlord modified your lease to forbid smoking cannabis in your apartment, you cannot smoke inside.

In addition, if the smell bothers your neighbours, your landlord can eventually ask the Tribunal administrative du logement (TAL or rental board) to cancel your lease.

I own my own house. Can I smoke whenever I want?

In theory, there is nothing stopping you from smoking at home. However, if your consumption bothers your neighbours and causes a nuisance, they might be able to take action against you.

If you own a condo, your condo association could decide to ban smoking in all common areas.

Finally, if you’re offering daycare at home, you cannot smoke cannabis during the hours that children are present.

Possession and growing cannabis

How much cannabis can I possess?

If you’re in a public place, you can have up to 30 grams of dried cannabis.

At home, you can have up to 150g of dried cannabis. However, be careful. The 150g limit is calculated for the whole house, and not for each person who lives there.

Can I grow cannabis in my garden?

You can grow cannabis at home, but that might change!

According to the Quebec government’s website, you’re not allowed to grow cannabis at home. However, this ban has been overturned by a judge. This means that you’re legally allowed to grow up to 4 plants at home right now. However, the government has appealed this decision to the Quebec Court of Appeal. A decision is expected in the coming months.

If you decide to grow cannabis at home, it’s a good idea to pay attention to the news in case the situation changes!