The Government of Canada has chosen to create a legal framework governing the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada. More information about the federal government’s proposed framework can be found here: www.canada.ca/en/services/health/campaigns/legalizing-strictly-regulating-cannabis-facts.html
Cannabis Legalization FAQs
How can I learn about the legislative, regulatory, and policy-related decisions made by the PEI Government?
The Government of Prince Edward Island is currently working on cannabis legislation, regulation and enforcement decisions with the goal of ensuring Islanders can make an informed choice while reducing the illegal market for cannabis. You can find information about provincial legislation, regulation, enforcement and other important jurisdictional information here: www.princeedwardisland.ca/cannabis, or by emailing the Provincial Cannabis Working Group at email@example.com.
The federal government intends to legalize cannabis for recreational use by July 2018.
The legal age for cannabis use in PEI will be 19+, which aligns with the province’s legal age for possessing and consuming alcohol or tobacco.
Cannabis use in PEI will be restricted to private residences to help limit its impact on communities and public health. There will be a potential for expansion to designated public spaces for use at a later date.
Adults will be allowed to publicly possess 30 grams of lawful dried cannabis or equivalent, which aligns with the federal legislation. Youth under the age 19 will be prohibited from possessing cannabis.
Impaired driving is illegal and has serious consequences. Cannabis causes impairment and it is illegal to drive while impaired by cannabis. In addition to the existing laws and penalties for impaired driving, PEI will strengthen roadside suspension and create a summary offense in cases of impaired driving with a minor, with the potential for increasing penalties in the future.
Prince Edward Island will place restrictions on the transportation of cannabis in motorized vehicles, including off-road vehicles, and vessels. Similar to alcohol regulations, purchased cannabis must be transported in either the unopened packaging it is purchased in or, where an open package is being transported, the product must be secure and inaccessible to anyone in the vehicle.
The federal government will continue to regulate the licensing process for growing and producing cannabis. Information on how to apply for a license can be found here: www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/medical-use-marijuana/licensed-producers/application-process-becoming-licensed-producer.html