Released on December 16, 2019Cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals may soon be available for purchase, under federal and provincial cannabis laws. With these products becoming available, there are important points consumers should keep in mind regarding the retail and consumption of cannabis.
Some other things to keep in mind if you choose to consume cannabis products:
- In Saskatchewan, the minimum age for buying and consuming all forms of cannabis, including edibles, is 19 years of age.
- All cannabis products, including edibles that may look like candy, baked goods or other food items, should be stored in a place that cannot be reached by children or pets.
- Possession of any amount of non-medical cannabis by a minor is prohibited.
- Licensed retailers are required to follow specific health and safety guidelines regarding the products they sell. Unsure if you’re buying from a legal source? The list of licensed retailers in Saskatchewan (stores and online) can be found on SLGA’s website at https://www.slga.com/permits-and-licences/cannabis-permits/cannabis-retailing/cannabis-retailers-in-saskatchewan.
- Edible cannabis may take hours longer to take effect than smoking cannabis. The effects of edibles are also generally more intense and last longer than the effects of inhaling cannabis.
- Consuming any form of non-medical cannabis in public spaces is prohibited. Individuals can only carry up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or equivalent in public.
- Possessing, consuming or distributing any form of cannabis in a vehicle could result in a $300 fine. Cannabis can only be transported from one lawful place (store, home) to another lawful place (home, another’s home). This is consistent with the rules already in place for alcohol and vehicles.
- There is zero tolerance for all drug-impaired driving in Saskatchewan.
- Penalties for driving under the influence of cannabis may include immediate license suspension, vehicle seizure for up to 60 days, and license suspension for up to five years upon conviction of drug-impaired driving. These laws apply to everyone, including medicinal users of cannabis.
- Penalties in place for provincial cannabis offences range from $200 to $2,250. In more serious instances, individuals could be charged with a provincial offence and face fines ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 and imprisonment of up to six months.
- Cannabis in Saskatchewan: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/cannabis-in-saskatchewan
- Saskatchewan Cannabis Retailers: https://www.slga.com/permits-and-licences/cannabis-permits/cannabis-retailing/cannabis-retailers-in-saskatchewan
- What to Know About Cannabis Legislation: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2018/october/17/legalization-of-cannabis
- Cannabis Legalization Backgrounder: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2018/october/17/legalization-of-cannabis
For more information, contact:
Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority