Buying Cannabis – What You Need To Know

Choose legal

Even though cannabis is regulated in Canada, it doesn't mean all cannabis is legal. If you meet the legal age requirement set by your province or territory and choose to consume it, you’re responsible for knowing what is legal and what is not.

Authorized Retailers

The authorized retailers website helps make this easier. It connects you to legal cannabis products, seeds and plants in the province or territory in which you live or are visiting.

Find an authorized retailer


Looking to purchase cannabis online?

Make sure you choose legal cannabis to help protect your health, safety

and financial information.

Here's how.

Legal cannabis products are only sold through retailers

authorized by federal, provincial or territorial governments,

and must meet strict quality control rules.

Adults who meet the legal age requirements set by their province or territory

can possess up to 30 grams of dried legal cannabis or its equivalent.

If the website doesn't ask for your age before entering, it's illegal.

At checkout, if the website allows payment with cryptocurrencies, it's not legit.

Legal, online retailers only accept credit and debit.

Also, remember that legal cannabis packaging

is always child resistant features the excise stamp with security features

just like passports and cash to prevent forgery.

Has the standardized cannabis symbol when the product contains THC

in a concentration greater than ten micrograms per gram

and has health warnings with THC and CBD levels.

Exposure to unknown levels or contaminants in illegal products

can result in serious harm, especially if children ingest them.

Before you buy, get the facts.

Go to

for more information on choosing legal cannabis.

A message from the Government of Canada. ♫

Risks of illegal cannabis

Know what to look for

Legal retailers

Illegal retailers

Signs of untrustworthy websites

Report it

If you’ re concerned or have a complaint about a possible illegal cannabis activity whether online or in your community, contact your local law enforcement or nearest Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment.

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