Regulations concerning the consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes in Manitoba have been designed in accordance with Federal regulations. However, they also feature restrictions / allowances that are specific to the Province. Here they are in point form to allow you to have a strong understanding of Manitoba marijuana laws and how you can enjoy cannabis in accordance with them.
- The minimum age for recreational use of cannabis is 19 in Manitoba.
- Areas of allowed use – private residences, most outdoor public places, designated guest rooms like hotels and motels, and residential vehicles and boats.
- Areas of controlled use – long term care homes, certain retirement homes, residential hospices, provincially-funded supportive housing, and designated psychiatric facilities or veterans’ facilities.
- Areas where use is prohibited – streets and sidewalks, parks and beaches (including those in provincial parks), school grounds, restaurant patios and decks, health care facility grounds, plus any location that has their own specified regulations. Consumption in vehicles is also prohibited.
- Driving restrictions are a fundamental part of Manitoba marijuana laws – driving while under the influence of cannabis is strictly prohibited by law in Manitoba. Failure to abide by this legislation can result in any or all of the following repercussions:
- Immediate license suspension
- Financial penalties
- Possible vehicle impoundment
- Possibility of criminal record
- Possibility of jail time
- Place of purchase restrictions – Manitoba marijuana laws state that retail cannabis stores with age-restricted licenses must not permit young persons to enter the store. Those with controlled-access licenses may allow those under 19 to enter the store, but cannabis must not be visible or accessible.
- Possession restrictions – individuals aged 19 and up are legally allowed to have a maximum of 30 grams of dried cannabis in their possession in public at any time.
- Transportation restrictions – product transported in a motor vehicle must be sealed in original packaging or located so that it is inaccessible to vehicle occupants.
- Growing restrictions – growing cannabis at home is prohibited in Manitoba.
- Workplace regulations – consuming recreational cannabis in the workplace is illegal in Manitoba, unless otherwise explicitly specified by the ownership or management.
Manitoba Marijuana Laws: Medical
In compliance with the Cannabis Act of October, 2018 individuals who have received authorization from the regulatory body of the Canadian Province where they reside may purchase, possess, and consume medical cannabis without personal storage limits in the home, and public possession limits as follows; the lesser of 150 grams or a 30-day supply of dried cannabis (or the equivalent in cannabis product) in addition to the 30 grams allowed for non-medical purposes. Individuals must be able to provide documentation of their medical marijuana authorization if in public possession of cannabis.
Municipal Variances: Recreational & Medicinal
There are no variances between the Province and its Manitoba marijuana laws pertaining to cannabis and regulations for individual municipalities in the Province. Provincial regulations will apply to all cities, towns, and elsewhere in Manitoba.