In anticipation of nationwide legalization on October 17, 2018, New Brunswick lawmakers implemented their own set of provincial laws aimed at protecting public health and safety through effective education, advocacy and responsibility campaigns.

Age Limit

The legal age limit for buying, possessing, consuming and cultivating cannabis in New Brunswick has been set at 19 years of age. It is strictly illegal for anyone under the age of 19 to engage in any activity involving recreational cannabis.

Possession

Adults 19 years of age and older are legally allowed to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis product while outside of their homes. There are currently no limits for at-home possession, however, all cannabis must be kept in a secure location that is inaccessible to anyone under 19 years old.

Purchasing Limits

New Brunswickers 19 years of age and older are legally allowed to purchase up to 30 grams of cannabis at a time from Cannabis NB retail stores or Cannabis NB’s online shop. Cannabis is only legally available for purchase through Cannabis NB, which is a subsidiary of the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation.

Consumption

Adults of legal age in New Brunswick are only allowed to consume cannabis within private residences, land adjacent to a private residence or on vacant land with necessary permission. At this time, consuming cannabis in any public place is strictly illegal.

Medical Cannabis

The legalization of recreational cannabis in New Brunswick will have no impact on the already established Canadian medical cannabis program. Recreational and medical cannabis programs are completely separate entities.

For more information on medical cannabis in New Brunswick, please visit Health Canada.

Transporting Cannabis

Transporting cannabis outside of Canadian national borders is strictly illegal. When transporting cannabis within Canada, adults must be aware of and respect the laws within the providence that they will be traveling.

Driving Under the Influence

Driving while impaired is strictly illegal in New Brunswick. This includes off road vehicles like snowmobiles and ATVs. Driving under the influence of cannabis carries similar penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol. Always use ride sharing services or other public forms of transportation if you have been consuming cannabis.

Cultivation

Adults 19 years of age and older are legally permitted to grow up to 4 plants in the privacy of their own home and all cultivated cannabis seeds, seedlings and plants must be legally obtained through Cannabis NB. When growing outdoors, all plants must be locked in an enclosure that is at least 1.52 meters high.

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