Justice and Public Safety
October 17, 2018

Ministers Encourage Residents to Use Cannabis Legally and Responsibly

Newfoundland and Labrador today, became the first jurisdiction in Canada where non-medical cannabis is legal for recreational use. The Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General, and the Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation, are encouraging residents of the province to use cannabis safely and follow national and provincial laws.

In this province you must be at least 19 years old to purchase, consume or possess cannabis that can only be legally purchased from the licensed private retailers that are up and running or online through the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation’s web portal. Cannabis is not permitted for use in public places or inside vehicles. To align with federal laws, residents are able to grow up to four plants per private residence and are allowed to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis in public.

Of course, driving while impaired remains a serious criminal offence with zero tolerance under provincial law for anyone under 22 – just as with alcohol. There is also zero tolerance for novice drivers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles.

To learn more about what this policy shift means and the impacts of cannabis legalization, residents of Newfoundland and Labrador are encouraged to visit gov.nl.ca/cannabis or canada.ca/cannabisexternal link icon. For provincial regulations related to cannabis, visit the Newfoundland and Labrador GazettePDF icon.

“It is important that all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians educate themselves on the changes implemented today because the legalization of cannabis affects us all. Since the Federal Government first announced its intent to legalize cannabis our goals have been the same: protecting public health by providing access to a safe supply of legal cannabis and encouraging low-risk use by those adults who choose to use it, while keeping it out of the hands of children; keeping the profits from the sale of cannabis out of the pockets of criminals; reducing the burden on the justice system; and ensuring that public safety is not compromised.”
Honourable Andrew Parsons
Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General

“Today over 20 cannabis retailers will open their doors, giving approximately 70 per cent of the population access to brick and mortar stores within 50 kilometres of their home. Together with online sales, all people in this province will now have access to a legal and safe cannabis market. I thank the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation for their tireless commitment to developing an industry that serves the needs of this province in a responsible manner.”
Honourable Tom Osborne
Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board
Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation

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Learn More

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Cannabis Site

Government of Canada Cannabis Siteexternal link icon

Provincial Cannabis RegulationsPDF icon

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2018 10 17                              9:10 a.m.