Cannabis is being legalized on October 17. The province has created new laws around how, where and who can buy and possess cannabis in the province.

You will need to be 19 and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis. This is the same as the minimum age for the sale of tobacco and alcohol in Ontario.

OPP Detachment Commander, Inspector Jeff Duggan, talked about one of the new laws regarding the growing of cannabis.

"Any individual 19 years of age or older can cultivate or have up to 4 plants per residence. Inside or outside of the property. And that's 4 plants per residence, not resident," he said.

To clarify, you may have 4 plants per residence, not per person in the home.

Duggan said the legalization of cannabis won’t affect how the OPP do their job.

“Nothing really changes for us during ride programs or traffic stops. Impaired driving has always been against the law, and our officers have always been trained to detect impairment by drug or alcohol. It's nothing really new for us, it's just something the officers have to be more vigilant of, now that cannabis is going to be legal," he said.

The government has also introduced legislation that, if passed, would help the province move forward with a tightly regulated private retail model for cannabis that would launch by April 1 of next year. Until then the only legal way to buy cannabis will be online.

Smoking cannabis will be permitted wherever the smoking of tobacco is permitted.

You will be able to have a maximum of 30 grams (about one ounce) of dried cannabis in public at any time.

Residents should also be aware, Consuming recreational cannabis in the workplace is illegal and will continue to be after legalization on October 17.

Medical cannabis is subject to different rules than recreational cannabis.

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