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Cannabis rules: what to expect in New Brunswick

The Cannabis NB location in Sackville, N.B.
The Cannabis NB location in Sackville, N.B. - Katie Tower

SACKVILLE, N.B. - Here's what you need to know about consuming marijuana products in New Brunswick, once it’s legalized.

19 is the minimum age

Much like alcohol, if you want to consume, you'll have to wait until you're of age to do so.

The legal age to use, buy, grow or possess cannabis in New Brunswick is 19. Those under 19 who are caught with the substance could face fines or criminal charges.

Where you can and can't smoke it

It will be against the law to consume cannabis in a public place or in a motor vehicle, whether it’s moving or not.

In New Brunswick, consumption of cannabis in any form will be prohibited anywhere but in a private dwelling or on land adjacent to a private dwelling (in your house, in your backyard, etc.).

If consuming cannabis in another residence, you must have permission of the homeowner.

Landlords can also restrict smoking and growing cannabis in their properties but not overall cannabis consumption.

The Residential Tenancies Tribunal recommends that landlords outline their expectations in their leases and that tenants are informed about their rights and responsibilities.

Unless a lease says specifically that the smoking or cultivation of cannabis is prohibited, then once legal, it will be permitted in rental units.

Hotels, inns and campgrounds will be able to restrict visitors from smoking or vaping, as they can with tobacco. However, cannabis will come in many forms and hotels, inns and campgrounds will not be able to ban other forms of cannabis consumption.

Limited amount allowed

Adults 19 and older will be able to legally buy up to 30 grams of cannabis from a Cannabis NB retail store, have up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent in their possession when outside their home and grow up to four plants at their primary residence.

When grown indoors, these plants must be in a separate, locked space.

When grown outdoors, they must be located behind a locked enclosure that is 1.52 metres high.

There will be no restrictions on how much cannabis you can keep at home.

Where you can buy it

The only legal place to purchase cannabis in New Brunswick will be through Cannabis NB, a subsidiary of the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation (ANBL).

No one under the age of 19 will be able to have access to the merchandise, and everyone going into the stores will have to go through the reception first to have their IDs checked.

There will be no decorations or advertising, such as window displays, visible outside the stores.

Recreational cannabis will also be available to order online through Cannabis NB.

No one under the age of 19 will be able order online or accept online orders. Deliveries will only be made within New Brunswick.

All dispensaries are currently illegal in New Brunswick and will remain illegal when cannabis becomes legal in Oct. 17.

Buying cannabis online from any website other than Cannabis NB is also illegal.

Rules for obtaining medical cannabis will stay the same.

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