Over the years, consumer behaviour and preferences have changed significantly. Today, almost everyone seems to live an on-the-go lifestyle, and convenience has become king! Moreover, ever since the pandemic of 2020, consumers have turned to doing almost everything digitally, including shopping. Likewise, buying cannabis from online dispensaries has become very much prevalent in today’s world.

However, as you may know, cannabis is a controversial plant. Hence, there are a lot of regulations around the purchase of cannabis, be it online or offline. Today, let’s discuss what it’s like buying cannabis from online dispensaries and the important things that you should know before proceeding with your purchase.

Are Online Dispensaries Legal?

Cannabis was made legal on October 17, 2018, in Canada. Since then, there has been an influx of both on-land and online cannabis dispensaries in the country. Online dispensaries are considered legal, provided they are run by the government or licensed by the law.

Can You Legally Buy Weed Online?

Yes, you can do so, provided you are at least 18 years of age and above. However, according to the Cannabis Act, a person can possess or buy only up to 30 grams of legal cannabis at one time. This applies to all provinces and territories. So, keep that in mind every time you get on to an online dispensary. 

Besides, different provinces may have varying regulations on cannabis. For instance, while the legal age to buy weed is 19 in most of the provinces, it is 18 and 21 in Alberta and Quebec, respectively. So, it is vital that you look into the particular restrictions laid down by your province.

Online Dispensary Regulations

As aforementioned, the regulations on cannabis vary between the 10 provinces of Canada. Though the Cannabis Act made cannabis legal all around Canada, the sale and additional restrictions were given to the provinces to decide. Here’s a brief breakdown of what the cannabis scene looks like in each province.

Alberta: 

Alberta has quickly created one of the leading markets since the legalization of cannabis in Canada. To date, it has issued over 400 cannabis store licenses. Just last year, a legal change was introduced, which will have the Alberta Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis (AGLC) shut down its online order section, opening the online cannabis market to other private sellers. 

In order to legally buy weed online in Alberta, you need to be at least 18 years of age. 

British Columbia:

The BC Liquor Distribution Branch operates all public retail stores in British Columbia, including an online store. The legal age to buy cannabis online is 19 years or older. One of the most popular online cannabis dispensaries in BC is Green Society.

Manitoba:

In Manitoba, you can only buy cannabis from retailers (both online and on-land) that are licensed by the Liquor, Gaming & Cannabis Authority of Manitoba (LGCA). Age-wise, you need to be at least 19 years of age. You can check the list of legal cannabis stores in Manitoba here

New Brunswick:

All online sales and weed stores are authorized by the Cannabis NB in New Brunswick, which is currently the only legal retailer. It’s a government-owned subsidiary of the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation (ANBL). The legal age to buy, cultivate, or consume weed in this province is 19.

Newfoundland and Labrador:

Here, the supply, distribution, and retail of cannabis are authorized by the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC). You can safely buy weed online, provided you’re at least 19 years of age. Currently, there are over 20 retailers throughout the province. 

Nova Scotia:

The process of buying weed from online dispensaries is a little different in Nova Scotia. Currently, the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation is the only legal retailer of cannabis. You can buy weed online only through its online retail site, provided you’re at least 19 years. However, in order to access it, you’ll need to get a unique access code from the physical store after verifying your age.

Ontario:

The minimum legal age to buy or possess cannabis in Ontario is 19. All legal cannabis can be purchased online from the province’s e-commerce website, the Ontario Cannabis Store. However, the province has opened doors to private retailers, and currently, there are over 1000 licensed cannabis stores in Ontario.

Prince Edward Island:

Presently, there are four legal retail stores in Prince Edward Island through which you can buy cannabis, provided you’re at least 19 years of age. As far as online purchase is concerned, there is an online channel in the province through which you can legally purchase cannabis and its associated products.

Saskatchewan:

Saskatchewan has several private retailers that sell weed through both brick-and-mortar and online dispensaries. However, all stores should be permitted by the SLGA, and all buyers should be at least 19 years of age. 

Quebec:

Unlike most provinces, the legal age to buy weed in Quebec is 21. All cannabis stores (on-land and online) are regulated by the Société Québécoise du Cannabis (SQDC). You can legally buy weed online in Quebec from SQDC-licensed stores. Currently, there are 41 cannabis stores around the province. All deliveries are done through the Canada Post. 

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