Supply Contracts: The Province has secured supply agreements
with three ( 3) cannabis producers: Canada’s Island Garden, OrganiGram and Canopy Growth Corp.
Consumption Restrictions: Consumption of recreational cannabis
in the Province will initially be limited to private residences with
the potential to be expanded into designated public spaces. Cannabis
being transported in vehicles must remain in unopened packaging.
Open packages of cannabis being transported in vehicles will have
to be securely stored and inaccessible to those in the vehicle.
Minimum Age: Nineteen ( 19) years old.
Personal Cultivation: TDB
Distribution & Retail: The Société québécoise du cannabis (“SQC”),
which will be a newly created government agency and a subsidiary
of the Société des alcools du Québec, will act as the sole distributor
and retailer of recreational cannabis in Quebec. Quebec has
announced that there will be fifteen ( 15) retails locations operating
by July 2018, with one hundred and fifty (150) retail outlets planned
for 2020. Recreational cannabis ordered online will be delivered by
the Canada Post.
Supply Contracts: Quebec recently announced that it has signed
tentative agreements with the following six ( 6) cannabis producers
for the supply of recreational cannabis in the Province: Hydropoth-ecary, Canopy Growth Corp., Aurora Cannabis, MedReleaf, Tilray
Consumption Restrictions: Recreational cannabis will be subject to
the same laws and regulations in place that govern the use of
tobacco. Consumption of cannabis will be prohibited on the
property of health care and educational institutions, as well as
outdoor areas frequented by minors.
Minimum Age: Eighteen ( 18) years old.
Personal Cultivation: Prohibited
Distribution & Retail: Saskatchewan has proposed a model whereby
the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (“SLGA”) will be
responsible for regulating the wholesaling and retailing of recreational cannabis while the private sector will be the sole retailers
of recreational cannabis. The SLGA intends on issuing approximately sixty ( 60) retail permits to private retailers in around forty
( 40) municipalities and First Nation communities with populations
of at least 2,500 residents. Regions with larger populations will be
allocated additional permits. Retail cannabis locations will be
stand-alone stores selling only cannabis and cannabis related accessories. Private retailers will also have the option to offer online
Consumption Restrictions: TBD
Minimum Age: TBD
Personal Cultivation: TBD
Distribution & Retail: The Yukon Liquor Corporation will be solely
responsible for importing, storing, transporting and distributing (to
retail locations) recreational cannabis. Initially, only government-run retail and e-commerce sales will be available. The
Territory intends on establishing a licencing regime for private
retail sales, although such regulations are still being developed.
Consumption Restrictions: Initially, consumption of recreational
cannabis will only be permitted in private residences and on
adjoining properties. The Territory is considering the possibility of
future cannabis consumption in public spaces. Cannabis in motor
vehicles will also be prohibited unless it is in a closed container and
inaccessible by those in the vehicle.
Minimum Age: Nineteen ( 19) years old.
Personal Cultivation: Four ( 4) plants per private residence.
Several provincial and territorial governments are still in the
process of finalizing the details of their respective regulatory
approaches to recreational cannabis.
Although the Liberal Government targeted a legalization date in
July 2018, the Senate’s vote on the Act schedule on or before June
7, 2018 will likely result in Canadians not being able to purchase
recreational cannabis until at least August, and potentially as late
as September 2018. The Federal Government has announced that
following Royal Asset, which would immediately follow the vote
in the Senate, the provinces and territories will need at least eight
( 8) to twelve ( 12) weeks to prepare retail operations.
The information and comments herein are for the general
information of the reader and are not intended as advice
or opinion to be relied upon in relation to any particular
circumstances. For particular application of the law to
specific situations, the reader should seek professional
By Michael Dolphin, Partner,
Shawn English, Associate,