What You Need to Know About Cannabis Legalization in Canada

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Legalization in Canada
So, it’s post-October 17, 2018. Where is cannabis legal in Canada? Well, everywhere. It’s legalization, haven’t you heard?

What to Know About Cannabis Legalization in Canada

  1. You have to be over 18. But provinces might have their own laws, so double-check on that. In fact, provinces and territories have the power to add even more restrictions, so hopefully, you live someplace fun.
  2. It’s still illegal to take it across the border. You can’t take it in the U.S. (it’s illegal there—more on that later) and you can’t take it into Canada from another country, even if cannabis is legal there.
  3. Edibles and concentrates aren’t legal yet. They’ll be legal about one year after Oct. 17.
  4. Nothing about medical cannabis has changed.
  5. Possession limits are dependent on if you’re talking about fresh cannabis, dried flower, oil, etc. Check the government’s website for more info on that.

The Pros and Cons of Cannabis Legalization


  1. The product you buy will be safer. Because there are now laws governing the growing of cannabis, you can be (more) sure than you were that the weed you just bought doesn’t have—well, something else in it. This should benefit the healthcare system too, with fewer people needing medical attention because they ingested something that wasn’t actually weed.
  2. Know you’re getting what you paid for. This ties in with safety, but cannabis regulations help make sure that you’re buying weed of a certain quality. More importantly, you also won’t have to wonder anymore if you’ve got the right amount of grams in your order. And even if your shop shortchanges you, you can complain—legally, unlike before—and make them set it straight.
  3. Goodbye, black market. Less money for gangs, the mob, the mafia—whatever you want to call them. Plausibly, this means less violence on the streets too. That’s always a plus.
  4. Police can focus on actual crimes, instead of hauling someone in just for sitting in a Starbucks minding their own business… or having weed. Just imagine all the paperwork and hours they’d save.


  1. It’s more expensive. You know the government had to make a ton of money off of this, right? Taxes, excise duties, fees—these are just a few ways that the Canadian government is going to profit from making weed legal. Hopefully, they’re putting that money to good use.
  2. Not a fan of second-hand smoke? Sorry, there’s probably going to be more of it.
  3. Impaired driving might go up. In Colorado, the number of fatal crashes with drivers who tested positive for marijuana has gone up every year since 2013. It can be argued, though, that what this really means is we need a better way to keep drivers from driving impaired, whether it’s from drinking, smoking weed, or doing other drugs.
Cannabis in the U.S. vs. in Canada In the United States, cannabis is still federally illegal, though each state has its own laws (like Canada’s provinces and territories).

For example, you might have heard that cannabis has been legal in Colorado for a few years already (and they’ve made a lot of tax dollars from it).

Other differences? Dispensaries are legal in the states, but are not in Canada, since you should be buying your weed from a legal retailer now.

It’s also legal to have cannabis delivered by mail in Canada, as long as you’re getting it from a licensed producer, while it’s illegal in the U.S.

Weed for Beginners

If you’re looking to get started, a good rule of thumb is to look for a low-THC, high-CBD strain. The best weed for beginners to smoke is generally weed that will give you a light buzz.

Indicas will relax your body—but might render you incapable of getting off of your comfy, comfy couch. (Meaning: don’t plan to drive. Actually, don’t plan to do anything important afterward.)

Sativa strains are more energizing, but along with that comes the possibility of not-so-fun effects like anxiety and paranoia.

Now, indica and sativa each have their pros and cons when you’re a beginner, but the good news is that there are hybrid strains that lean one or the other, depending on what kind of a high you’re looking for.

Let’s get into a few of the best strains of weed for beginners:


Jack Herer

Why is Jack Herer a good strain for beginners? For one, this Dutch strain is a hybrid (55% sativa) that doesn’t have too much THC, which means you’re less likely to experience anxiety or paranoia. What you will get: a clear-headed high with increased creativity and increased energy. (And if you were wondering about the name, Jack Herer is a cannabis rights activist and writer, affectionately nicknamed “The Emperor of Hemp.”)


Another beginner-friendly cannabis strain, Harlequin is a popular high-CBD, low-THC option. It’s 75% sativa-dominant, which as we know can get you energized, but because it’s high in CBD, everything gets balanced out. This makes it a good alternative to painkillers—you’ll get the pain relief, but it won’t knock you out and you’d still be able to get through your day.

Blue Dream

One of the most popular strains out there, Blue Dream is beloved for its inoffensive smell and mellow powers. It’s not super strong, and doesn’t have a strong taste or scent, making it a good strain to get started with if you’re new to cannabis.


Hindu Kush

Powerful but relaxing, Hindu Kush is for more adventurous beginners. It’s a classic, long-established cannabis strain of cannabis that is—wait for it—100% indica. Yes, it’s super relaxing, but it can also help with nausea and anxiety, and is probably better suited to managing health issues. It’s also quite potent, so if you’re just looking for a good time, might want to keep looking.


An 80% indica strain, Plushberry is also very calming (although probably not as calming as Hindu Kush), though it’ll also give you a body-high. The nice thing with Plushberry is it won’t glue you to the couch, even with the pleasant buzz. And yes, you’ll definitely taste berries.


When you smoke weed for the first time, you want to be somewhere comfortable, in an environment where you feel safe. If this makes you think of lying in your bed, then you’re in luck. Skywalker is a good pre-bedtime strain, numbing your body while offering an uplifting feeling. *Pro-tip: There’s Skywalker, then there’s Skywalker-OG, which is a different strain that’s more hybrid than indica.

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