Beginning October 17, 2018, Canadians aged 19 and older (18+ in Quebec and Alberta) will be able to legally purchase and consume recreational marijuana. Among other changes to federal law, adults across the country will be allowed to purchase fresh or dried cannabis, cannabis oil, plants and seeds for cultivation from either a provincially or territorially regulated retailer, or — where this option is not available — directly from a federally licensed producer. The provinces and territories will be responsible for the practical implementation of legalization. Quebec, for example, has passed a bill prohibiting the home cultivation of marijuana plants.
While the legalization of cannabis is creating business opportunities for some, others worry about the impact of relaxed laws on consumption among youth. This collection looks at the ways marijuana legalization will impact the daily lives of Canadians, young and old.