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Cannabis Use in Saskatchewan

The decision to legalize cannabis was made by the federal government, but provinces and territories have the responsibility of regulating certain areas.

To read more about the Government of Canada's legalization plan, you can visit Health Canada's The Cannabis Act: The Facts website.

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1. Saskatchewan’s Responsibilities and Framework

Saskatchewan’s Cannabis Framework reflects how the Government of Saskatchewan plans to regulate cannabis, incorporating feedback from experts, stakeholders, and Saskatchewan residents.

You can download the results from the public survey and download Saskatchewan’s Cannabis Framework for more information. 

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2. Age Limit and Possession Limits

Age Limit
Saskatchewan’s legal age of consumption and purchasing for non-medicinal cannabis will be 19 years of age (the same as alcohol).

Possession Limit
In Saskatchewan, the maximum public possession amount will be 30 grams per legal-aged consumer.

Minors will be prohibited from possessing cannabis. Possession of less than five grams is a provincial offence and can result in a fine. Possessing more than five grams can result in a criminal prosecution that is subject to The Youth Criminal Justice Act

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3. Impaired Driving

Cannabis can slow down your reaction time and increase your chance of a crash.  If you use cannabis, it’s important that you do not drive.  If you drive while impaired, you will be charged.

A driver who has used cannabis won’t react or make decisions as quickly as a sober driver. Attention, judgment, motor skills, balance, and co-ordination are all impacted. Mixing drugs or mixing drugs with alcohol can significantly increase impairment levels.

Saskatchewan has taken a zero tolerance approach for drugs and driving. For more information, you can visit the Cannabis and Driving section of saskatchewan.ca

In addition, consumption in a vehicle by a driver or passenger is prohibited.

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4. Public Consumption, Land Use, and/or Zoning

Consuming cannabis in public places will be prohibited for public health considerations. To learn more, visit the Cannabis and Second-Hand Smoke section.

Municipalities already have broad authority through bylaw, land use and zoning, and business licensing to deal with a variety of business-related issues, including where businesses can be located. They can decide how best to use this authority regarding cannabis wholesalers/distributors and retailers.
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5. Home Cultivation

The province will adopt the federal minimum standards around home production, including a limit of four cannabis plants grown per household.

The Government of Saskatchewan has passed The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act, 2018, giving landlords the right to impose reasonable rules prohibiting the possession, use, growth, and sale of cannabis in a rental unit.

Condominium boards also have the ability to pass by-laws respecting the smoking or cultivation of cannabis in their complexes. For more information on how condominium boards regulate activities, please refer to the Condominium Fact Sheet for Bylaws .

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6. Retail Sales

The Government of Saskatchewan was guided by four key principles in developing the wholesale, distribution, and retail sales model for non-medicinal cannabis in the province:

  • Protecting public health and safety, including keeping cannabis away from children and youth;
  • Eliminating the illegal market;
  • Minimizing taxpayer exposure to risk; and
  • Incorporating regulatory best practices and building on experiences from other jurisdictions.

Using feedback from public consultations, the Government concluded the four principles are best served by a competitive private model for the wholesale/distribution and retail sale of non-medicinal cannabis in Saskatchewan. This model minimizes the upfront cost to taxpayers. It has been successful in other jurisdictions in combating the illegal market. It protects public health and safety by ensuring a safe regulated supply of cannabis. The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) will act as the regulator. For more information, you can visit the SLGA website.

SLGA has established rules for retail stores to protect public health and safety, discourage excessive consumption, and keep non-medicinal cannabis out of the hands of children and youth. These rules include:

  • Restricting minors from entering retail stores;
  • Restricting the number of retail locations in the province; and
  • Requiring that all staff are of legal age and properly trained to provide information and education to customers.

SLGA may enforce these rules through stiff administrative penalties, and may suspend or revoke permits

Additionally, permittees may be charged with an offence under The Cannabis Control (Saskatchewan) Act and face and further penalties.

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7. Provincial Offences and Fines

Below are the set* fines for cannabis related offences as per the The Cannabis Control (Saskatchewan) Act.
*Significant offences can result in higher penalties and/or imprisonment.

Minor purchasing cannabis, directly or indirectly

$300

Minor possessing cannabis

$300

Minor consuming cannabis

$300

Minor selling cannabis to any other person or organization

$300

Minor distributing cannabis to any other person or organization

$300

Minor being or remaining in a permitted premises in contravention of The Cannabis Control (Saskatchewan) Act

$300

Minor presenting false identification while attempting to purchase cannabis

$300

Minor presenting false identification while attempting to gain access to or remain in permitted premises

$300

Selling, giving or distributing cannabis to a minor

$750

Failure of permittee (retailer) or employee of permittee to demand proof of age

$2,250

Failure of person to leave premises after failing or refusing to provide proof of age

$200

Knowingly providing a minor with false identification

$750

Purchase of cannabis from a person who is not authorized to sell cannabis
All authorized cannabis sellers will be required to display their license.

$300

Request or solicit a person to sell cannabis in contravention of the Act or regulations

$300

Possessing more than 30 grams of dried cannabis in a public place

$200

Possessing cannabis the individual knows to be illicit

$200

Possessing one or more budding or flowering cannabis plants in a public place

$200

Possessing more than four cannabis plants that are not budding or flowering

$200

Possession of cannabis by an organization

$2,250

Possessing, consuming or distributing cannabis in a vehicle

$300

Distributing more than 30 grams of cannabis in a public place

$200

Distributing cannabis to an organization

$200

Distributing cannabis the individual knows to be illicit

$200

Distributing more than 4 cannabis plants that are not budding or flowering

$2,250

Purchasing cannabis from a jurisdiction outside of Saskatchewan in contravention of the Act or regulations

$300

Opening or breaking open or allowing opening or breaking of container or package of cannabis being transported or distributed

$2,250

Consuming or permitting consumption of cannabis being transported or distributed

$2,250

Consumption of cannabis in a public place, or any place other than a private place

$200

Consumption of lighted or other cannabis in contravention of the regulations

$200

Consumption of cannabis at school, on school grounds or at a child care facility

$1,000

Possessing or consuming cannabis in a campground when a cannabis prohibition is in effect

$200

Permittee selling or distributing cannabis to a person who appears to be intoxicated

$2,250

Making an improper application for a permit

$300

Permittee selling or distributing cannabis to a minor

$2,250

Remaining in a premises after being requested to leave

$300

Re-entering a premises after being requested to leave

$300

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8. Travelling with Cannabis

In Canada:

Cannabis laws will be different in each province and territory in Canada. This includes legal age, where cannabis can be sold and consumed, and possession limits.

When travelling in Canada, it is your responsibility to understand and follow local laws. Check out provincial and territorial websites for more details:

Alberta

British Columbia

Manitoba

New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia

Nunavut

Ontario

Prince Edward Island

Quebec

Yukon

Outside of Canada:

Although cannabis will soon be legal in Canada, cannabis is illegal in most countries and it will remain illegal to transport cannabis across Canada’s borders. The Government of Canada has important information you’ll need to know before travelling.


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