Cannabis Legalization - YRP committed to enforcing the existing laws
York Regional Police is reminding residents that although cannabis is now legal, we are committed to enforcing the existing laws around impaired driving, illegal distribution, cultivation and possession.
“Our officers will continue to ensure our community is safe and secure as we transition to this new environment,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe. “Working closely with our federal, provincial, regional and municipal partners, we have identified our enforcement responsibilities and want to be sure our residents are aware of them as well.”
On suspicion of impaired driving, by drugs or alcohol, an officer can compel a driver to take a Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) or be tested by a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). For G1, G2, commercial drivers and those under 21, no amount of cannabis is legal.
Currently, the only legal way to purchase cannabis is online through the Ontario Cannabis Store. York Regional Police will continue to enforce illegal distribution, either commercial or non-commercial, as well as the unlawful trafficking of cannabis via an illicit location.
The Cannabis Act dictates citizens can grow cannabis in their residence, up to a four-plant maximum. York Regional Police will continue to investigate and charge owners of illegal cannabis grow operations, including those growing in excess of Health Canada licences.
Youth under 19 are not permitted to possess, consume or grow cannabis in Ontario. Adults are permitted to possess a maximum of 30 grams of cannabis for recreational use. Medical users can possess in excess of 30 grams, if they can provide documentation to an officer they have been issued a valid medical licence by Health Canada.
For additional information on acceptable documentation from Health Canada, please follow this link: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/topics/cannabis-for-medical-purposes.html.
If you are transporting cannabis, the best place to store it is in the trunk of your vehicle. All cannabis must be packaged and sealed or otherwise inaccessible to all vehicle occupants. If the driver or passenger has access to cannabis, the driver could be charged.
Information and links to additional resources have been posted on our website to assist residents in educating themselves on what remains illegal at https://www.yrp.ca/en/crime-prevention/Cannabis-and-Policing.asp. Click Here
The Regional Municipality of York, including the Public Health and Bylaw departments, and the region’s nine municipalities, are responsible for enforcing non-criminal incidents, such as complaints around public consumption, odour and retail locations, as well as the Smoke Free Ontario Act, 2017 which regulates the sale, supply, use, display and promotion of tobacco, vapour products and cannabis.
For more information go to york.ca/health/substance use/cannabis.