Cannabis Use in Saskatchewan
Cannabis possession, sale and use is still illegal. The official legalization date will be October 17, 2018 (Government of Canada announcement on June 20, 2018)
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 plans for legalization, you can visit Health Canada’s The Cannabis Act: The Facts website.
1. Saskatchewan’s Responsibilities and Framework
2. Age Limit and Possession Limits
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.
3. Impaired Driving
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.
4. Public Consumption, Land Use, and/or Zoning
5. Home Cultivation
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.
6. Retail Sales
- 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.
7. Provincial Offences and Fines
*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.
|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|
8. Travelling with Cannabis
When travelling in Canada, it is your responsibility to understand and follow local laws. Check out provincial and territorial websites for more details:
|Newfoundland and Labrador||Northwest Territories|
|Ontario||Prince Edward Island|
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.