On 2018, Canadians have spent $1.6 billion on legal marijuana. That’s a huge amount of money! You might be wondering they must be smoking a lot! But hey, there are other formats that are being sold in the market.
People consume different Cannabis products including Cannabis “buds” (dried cannabis flowers), cannabis resin (hashish, bubble hash), and cannabis oil (butane honey oil, shatter, wax, crumble). Cannabinoids can also be absorbed through the skin and mucosal tissues when consumers use products like tropical creams, patches, vaginal sprays, and rectal suppositories.
Cannabis-derived products are consumed for both medical and recreational purposes in a variety of ways. it can be in the form of smoking or inhaling from cigarettes (joints), pipes (bowls), water pipes (bongs, hookah), and blunts (cigars filled with cannabis); through eating cannabis-infused gummy bears, candies, and baked goods; can be drinking an iced tea or any beverage infused with cannabis; another way is by vaporizing the product.
Now, I’ve seen Marijuana stores popping out left and right in the cities and suburbs. But can anyone just get it and buy weed? It is legal to buy Marijuana but there is an age restriction. Each provinces has its own regulations, though in Ontario you must be 19 and older to buy, use, possess, and grow recreational cannabis. This is the same minimum age for the sale of tobacco and alcohol in Ontario.
Despite being legal in recreational Marijuana use, there are areas users are not allowed to smoke or vape it and here is the list I retrieved from the Government of Ontario website:
- indoor common areas in condos, apartment buildings, and university/college residences
- enclosed public places and enclosed work places
- non-designated guest rooms in hotels, motels, and inns
- schools and places where children gather (playgrounds and within 20 metre, child care centres, home child care places)
- hospitals ( including outdoor grounds ), hospices, care homes, and other facilities (retirement homes, supportive housing, veteran’s facilities)
- publicly owned spaces
- vehicles and boats being driven or will be driven
- other outdoor areas (restaurants and patio – within 9 metres, Ontario government buildings, reserved seating areas at outdoor sports and entertainment locations, community recreational facilities – within 20 metres)
Aside from buying in-store, cannabis products can be purchased online and delivered to your door whether you are a recreational user or licensed to use it for medical purposes. We will talk about medical cannabis in other Weed Wednesdays post so stay tuned.