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Edibles

Current situation

Beginning October 17, adults in Ontario 19 years of age or older will be able to consume edible cannabis products that have been prepared at home for personal use.

The sale of edible cannabis products will continue to be illegal until the Government of Canada enacts rules for commercial edible cannabis products, likely sometime in 2019.

Possession

Adults 19 years of age or older may possess up to 30 grams of cannabis, in any combination of dried plants, oils, tinctures or edibles. Different rules apply for medical use. For edibles and other forms of cannabis, it is the equivalent weight of dried cannabis that is applied, not the weight of the finished product. See the Cannabis Act – Schedule 3 for more information.

Youth under 19 years of age may not possess recreational cannabis in any form and may only possess cannabis for medical purposes with a valid medical authorization.

Buying, selling and sharing

Beginning October 17, edible cannabis products can only be prepared at home for personal use by the individual consuming them. They may not be bought or sold.

Social sharing is permitted between adults 19 years of age or older, unless the person receiving the cannabis is intoxicated.

Edible cannabis products must be made from cannabis purchased from the Ontario Cannabis Store website or grown at home with seeds purchased from the website.

Places of use

In Ontario, edible cannabis products can be consumed anywhere, with one important exception: Cannabis may not be consumed in motor vehicles or boats, except under very limited circumstances.

Landlords, condominium boards and co-operative housing boards may place additional restrictions on cannabis use, such as limiting the smell from the preparation of edible cannabis products. Inform yourself about the rules that apply to your residence.

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Safety

Consumption of edible cannabis products may have adverse health risks. You should know:

  • It can take from 30 minutes to two hours to feel the effects from eating or drinking cannabis. These effects can last up to 12 hours.
  • Different strains of cannabis, and the way that cannabis is used, can effect you differently.
  • The dose of active ingredients, such as THC, within a product or batch can vary and is often unknown. Overdosing can occur, presenting serious health and safety risks.

Ottawa Public Health provides more detailed information about the health implications of cannabis use.