Canada is about to begin legal recreational marijuana sales on October 17th and motorists need to start preparing.
There are some special rules for marijuana inside vehicles and for the most part they need to remain sealed in their original packaging and out of reach of anyone in the car. Some provinces are even specifying that marijuana can only be transported in the trunk or an external compartment.
There could be some hefty fines if drivers violate the rules of their province. These fines can range from $237 in Manitoba to as high as $5,000 and even jail time in British Columbia.
Bill Bogart, a law professor at the University of Windsor and author of “Off the Street: Legalizing Drugs,” told CTV’s Your Morning this week, “One of the biggest myths is that there’s no problem using it and driving.”
Check out the rules for each province below when it comes to driving with marijuana:
Alberta: Must be secured in closed packaging and not within reach of the driver or occupants.
British Columbia: Must be in a sealed package, or inaccessible to any passengers. British Columbians can drive with no more than four cannabis plants that are not flowering.
Manitoba: Cannabis must be stored in a secure compartment, such as a trunk.
New Brunswick: No restrictions in place for for how indivduals transport cannabis.
Newfoundland and Labrador: Cannabis must be in a sealed package or otherwise not readily available to anyone in the vehicle, unless the vehicle is being used as a dwelling. Passengers on taxis and buses will be allowed to carry cannabis.
Northwest Territories: Cannabis in a vehicle must be unopened or be stored in a place that is out of reach for any passengers.
Nova Scotia: Marijuana must be in a sealed package and out of reach from anyone in the vehicle.
Nunavut: Cannabis can not be within reach of anyone in a vehicle.
Ontario: Package must be sealed or not readily available to anyone in the vehicle.
P.E.I.: Cannabis is allowed in unopened packaging. If opened, it should not be accessible to anyone in the vehicle.
Quebec: CTVNews.ca has reached out for clarification on Quebec’s regulation.
Saskatchewan: Cannabis is allowed in a vehicle, provided it is not being ingested, it was bought legally and is being transported to a place where it will be legally ingested.
Yukon: Cannabis in a vehicle must be in a closed container and inaccessible to all passengers.