Provincial Government Releases Regulations for Legalized Recreational Cannabis


Recreational cannabis will be legal in just a few hours with the first sale to take place just after midnight.

The Provincial Government has cleared the final legislative hurdle in advance of legalized cannabis with amendments to the Highway Traffic Regulations and the introduction of Cannabis Control Regulations and Cannabis Licensing and Operations Regulations. These regulations come into force on October 17.

Through regulations, the Provincial Government is providing guidance on how retailers must operate in this newly legalized industry, as well as the parameters for citizens around the personal cultivation of recreational cannabis and responsible cannabis use, including impaired driving rules and penalties.

Several key areas addressed through regulation include: Rules for store set-up and location, employee conduct, and the types of products that can be legally sold in cannabis stores;

  • Cannabis sales are legally permitted in store between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. seven days a week, and online at any day and time. Sales may begin at 12:00 a.m. on October 17 in store and online;

  • Consumption is permitted in private residences. Consumption is also permitted in hotel rooms or apartments in multi-unit residential buildings at the hotel’s or landlord’s discretion;

  • Restricting access to minors, including rules around how cannabis is displayed and sold in store and requiring an adult to accept a delivery of cannabis ordered online; and

  • The maximum number of plants that can be “home grown” would be four per dwelling. In the event that a resident has more than one home or dwelling, plants can only be grown in the residence in which they ordinarily reside.

With regards to Highway Traffic Regulations:

  • Zero tolerance for the presence of THC for novice drivers, drivers under age 22 and drivers of commercial vehicles;

  • Seven-day vehicle impoundment for the presence of drugs for novice drivers, drivers under age 22 and drivers of commercial vehicles;

  • Seven-day vehicle impoundment for all drivers exceeding the legal limit for presence of drugs;

  • Thirty-day vehicle impoundment for all drivers for refusal or failure to comply with a demand, consistent with alcohol; and,

  • Medical users are subject to all the same rules, with the exception of zero tolerance for under 22, novice and drivers of commercial vehicles.

Residents are also encouraged to visit gov.nl.ca/cannabis or www.canada.ca/cannabis where they can find a wealth of information on cannabis.


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