WINDSOR, N.S. – Here’s what you need to know about consuming marijuana products in Nova Scotia.
Much like alcohol, if you want to consume, you’ll have to wait until you’re of age to do so.
And 19 is the legal age to use, buy, grow or possess cannabis in Nova Scotia. Those under 19 who are caught with the substance, could face fines up to $150 and/or criminal charges. Restorative justice programs could come into play, depending on the person’s age and circumstances.
If you’re under 18 and in possession of more than five grams, you’ll be charged with a criminal offence, and will be prosecuted in the same way as with youth drug possession.
Those over 18 in possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana could face charges under the federal Cannabis Act.
If you sell or provide someone under the age of 19 with cannabis, you could face fines of up to $10,000.
The Smoke-free Places Act will apply to all smoking of marijuana in public. Basically, anywhere you can’t smoke a cigarette, you can’t smoke a joint.
That means you can’t smoke cannabis in any indoor workplace or public place, outdoor licensed area or patio, restaurants, lounges or cabarets.
There’s no smoking within four metres of windows, air intake vents or entrances to places of employment.
If you smoke within one of these restricted areas, you could face fines of $2,000. Many municipalities are passing their own by-laws with stricter rules, such as no smoking on sidewalks or in public parks. Some municipalities have also promised to increase enforcement of existing bylaws.
You will be able to consume marijuana in your own home, but, if you’re a renter, your landlord is legally allowed to amend your lease and restrict the consumption or growing of cannabis.
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