Cannabis Possession Limits
Knowing and understanding what the legal possession limits are for Cannabis can be tricky for the average citizen here in Canada. Consumers who are of legal age can purchase and publicly possess up to a maximum of 30 grams of legal product at one time. Depending on where you living in Canada you can privately possess as little as 150 grams or as much as 1000 grams at the residence.
There are many different forms of cannabis products that can come in, making endless combinations that will have to total the equivalent of 30 grams of Cannabis to be compliant. The Government of Canada has determined the following conversions below:
One (1) gram of dried Cannabis is equal to:
- 5 gram of fresh Cannabis;
- 15 gram of edible product; (which will not be regulated until later this year)
- 70 gram of liquid product; (such as ingestible Cannabis oils)
- 0.25 gram of concentrates (solid or liquid), or; (which will not be regulated until later this year)
- 1 Cannabis plant seed.
For example, a consumer can purchase 15 grams of dried Cannabis, 2 bottles of ingestible oils and 5 seeds at one time. Another example is purchasing 10 grams of dried Cannabis, 1 bottle of oil and 4 grams of concentrates; which total 30 grams.
Another factor to the equation is that ingestible oils come in different sizes and concentrations from each producer, making it difficult to calculate possession limits accurately. High Park offers 30 ml bottles of oil with the equivalent of 3 grams of dried Cannabis. Tweed sells 40 ml bottles and claims these are the equivalent of 5 grams of dried Cannabis, whereas Aurora sells 30 ml sized bottles which equal 6 grams of dried Cannabis each.
If you are found in possession of more than 30 grams of illegal or legal product you could face a fine ranging between $200 to $5,000, or possible prison time. Our advice: learn about the laws in your province and municipality. Ask the concierge behind the sales counter questions about the products if you are not sure. Always practice safe and responsible consumption and never drive high.