Canada’s coolest cannabis-friendly cities of the year

Cannabis is federally legal in Canada – but that doesn’t mean that all Canadian cities are created equal when it comes to weed.

While the country boasts a wide variety of cities that feature exceptional cannabis culture from coast to coast, here are three of our favourite weed-friendly cities in which to get high — and enjoy the view.


Legal age to buy cannabis in Quebec is now 21, the highest in Canada

s of Jan. 1, 2020, the legal age to buy or possess cannabis in Quebec is 21, giving the province the highest minimum age for cannabis use in Canada.

Elsewhere in Canada, cannabis is permitted at age 19, except in Alberta, where the legal age is 18.

The Quebec law, passed by the Coalition Avenir Québec government on Nov. 1, also means people under 21 aren't allowed on the premises of any Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) outlet.

The government rules state that people under 21 will be prohibited from possessing cannabis, even if they bought it legally before the new year.


Teens hit up SQDC in search of 'quality weed' before age limit changes

Lily Kisilevich and her two best friends travelled to Montreal from Toronto over the holidays to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city — and also to buy pot.

Kisilevich, Meaghan Smith and Rylee Restoule are all 18, and in Ontario, the legal age to consume cannabis is 19.

So on Monday, despite a nasty weather cocktail of freezing rain and sleet, the trio waited patiently in a long line outside the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) store on Ste-Catherine St.


RCMP, Canada Post stop $1 million in drugs bound for Quebec’s Nunavik region

The Mounties, in cooperation with Canada Post, said they have seized $1 million worth of drugs — and almost the same cash value of alcohol — en route to Nunavik, the Northern area of Quebec, according to Leafly.

In coordination with local police, the operation intercepted crack, cocaine, meth, hashish, cannabis flower and shatter after the drugs were ordered from the abundance of illicit mail-order websites littering the internet. The ability to use Canada Post to deliver drugs has been a game-changer for residents of the fly-in region that generally only receive supplies via expensive air transport.


Don't expect to see edibles in these three provinces for at least another month


No cannabis edibles for Christmas in 3 provinces because of delays

If you're hoping to buy a next-generation cannabis product — like infused beer or gummy bears — as a gift for the holiday season, you may be out of luck.

It will be legal to buy derivative cannabis products — often referred to in the industry as "cannabis 2.0" — on Tuesday, but three of Canada's largest provinces won't have a single one available until January.

That's because the long-awaited expansion of sales for cannabis derivatives have gone through a gauntlet of regulatory checkpoints and cumbersome logistics, dashing hopes of last-minute gift purchases with its late arrival.


Quebec, Newfoundland & Labrador say they will not allow cannabis vape sales

The Canadian provinces of Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador said on Wednesday they would not allow the sale of cannabis vapes, just weeks before the start of marijuana derivatives sales, as concerns linger about a possible connection between the vaping products and severe lung disease

“We will not be selling vaping products on January 1,” Fabrice Giguère, a spokesman for the Société québécoise du cannabis, which is responsible for marijuana sales in the province, said by email, adding the province had not officially announced its stance.

All of Quebec’s legal cannabis stores are run by the provincial government, while Newfoundland and Labrador’s stores are private.


Drug and alcohol use dropping among Montreal teens: study

Montreal teenagers are drinking less and using drugs less frequently than they used to.

And they’re consuming less than their counterparts in the rest of Quebec.

New statistics comparing usage among high school students in 2016-2017 to five years previously show that 41 per cent of Montreal students reported consuming a complete drink (such as a full beer or whole glass of wine) in the previous 12 months, compared to 47 per cent of high school students in the earlier study.

Binge drinking was also down. Among those who reported drinking in the previous year, the percentage who drank heavily in one sitting — four drinks or more for girls, five for boys — dropped to 54 per cent, down from 62 per cent in 2010-2011.


Quebec will get cannabis edibles, but not in time for winter holidays

Cannabis edibles are legal in Quebec starting Dec. 5, but people won’t be able to get their hands on them until Jan 1.

The delay will come despite no penalties from the province’s pot regulator, Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC), if anyone does sell products starting Dec. 5.

“Edibles are not a race,” SQDC spokesperson Fabrice Giguère told the Montreal Gazette.


Cannabis edibles available in Quebec only as of Jan. 1

Edible cannabis products will be legal in Quebec as of Dec. 5, but people will have to wait until Jan. 1 to get access to them.

Quebec announced its regulations surrounding edibles and extracts on Wednesday. While there’s no legal impediment to the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) selling those products starting Dec. 5, the provincial cannabis retailer wants to take its time and make sure everything is done properly.


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