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If you’re old enough to buy a beer in Halton Hills, you’re old enough to buy recreational cannabis products.

 

Cannabis refers to a group of three plants with psychoactive properties, known as Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis.

When the flowers of these plants are harvested and dried, you’re left with one of the most common drugs in the world. Some call it weed, some call it pot, and others call it marijuana.

As weed becomes legal in more areas, names for it are evolving. Today, more and more people are using the term cannabis to refer to weed.

Some argue that it’s a more accurate name. Others feel it’s more neutral compared with terms like weed or pot, which some people associate with its illegal use. Also, the term “marijuana” is falling out of favor due to its racist history.

Location is the biggest challenge facing visitors to Canada, because the only universally safe spot to smoke is at home — something tourists can’t do. Those found using cannabis in an illegal space can be fined hundreds or thousands of dollars under local bylaws.

It’s legal to consume marijuana at private residences across the country, both indoors and outdoors, unless a local bylaw, hotel or condo board prohibits it. However, some provinces have stricter rules than others when it comes to public consumption.

According to the Halton Regional Police Service, the Cannabis Act in Ontario received Royal Assent on Dec. 12, 2017. 

Following Oct. 17, people who are 19 years of age and older will be able to purchase, use, possess, and grow cannabis for non-medical purposes. And buy cannabis at cannabis delivery.