So where exactly can I buy cannabis in Canada and how much is it?
Each province has its own specific rules on where to purchase cannabis. The important thing to remember is that weed will be legally sold only in government-regulated stores, and typically have a seal displayed in the window to indicate they are approved by the Canadian government.
While many provinces have an option to order online, you definitely can't order legal cannabis while you’re not in Canada. A deep-dive through each province and territory's online cannabis sales website suggests you can order while in the province and have it delivered to your hotel or Airbnb for arrival within a matter of days. (What a treat!)
More recently, US Border Services has gone on record to remind folks that the United States still considers cannabis to be an illegal substance. They have said that they would block Canadians from traveling to the US if customs officials find out that they have purchased the drug, or been involved in legalized production. So it’s something to consider and be aware of.
Nova Scotia: The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation is the only retailer of legal cannabis. You can find all their store locations via their website. Right now, there is an online retail site, but you actually can’t access it until you obtain a special access code in-store and verify your age. The cards are free to obtain, but make it difficult to find out what kind of products are in store until you arrive. Right now, there are 12 retail locations listed on the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation website. On average, you’re looking to pay $10.99 for what they’ve listed as “core” or “premium” cannabis.
Ontario: Up until recently, all legal cannabis in Ontario had to be purchased via the Ontario government’s e-commerce website, the Ontario Cannabis Store. But as of April 1, a lottery took place which handed out 25 retail licenses, which has seen a few stores open to date in the downtown Toronto area including The Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. on Queen Street West, Ameri in the Yorkville neighborhood and Tokyo Smoke, located at Yonge and Dundas -- the busiest intersection in the city. Retail stores will sell flower, pre-rolls, cannabis oils, and capsules, and prices will range from $7.95-$13.25 per gram.
Quebec: Everything in Quebec will be sold in publicly run stores by the government-run Société Québécoise du Cannabis (SQDC). Currently, there are 22 cannabis stores around the province, which sell everything from buds to pre-rolls, cannabis oils, and capsules. As of press time, the SQDC had a note on their website that they were experiencing “significant supply issues.” Prices range from $5.25 a gram, with all taxes included.
British Columbia: Many of the cannabis activists in Canada first started out in British Columbia selling through compassion clinics. Now all legal weed can be found in privately-owned dispensaries and in the BC Cannabis Stores (BCCS) operated by the provincial government agency, the BC Liquor Distribution Branch. Right now, there are multiple locations listed via the website or visitors can order via the e-commerce site. In each of the retail stores, there will be buds, pre-rolls, cannabis oils, and capsules. You may find accessories in some stores, like rolling papers, lighters, pipes, or bongs. Prices range on their website from $6.99-$16.28 per gram.
Statistics Canada has been collecting information on the average cost of cannabis across the country, and you can find a break down for each province here.