Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canadians will be able to consume cannabis recreationally starting on Oct. 17, 2018. Following consultations with Manitobans, the Manitoba government set a legal age of 19 for the use, purchase and possession of non-medical cannabis.
To protect against underage purchases:
- retail cannabis stores holding age-restricted licences must not permit young persons to enter the store.
- retail cannabis stores holding a controlled-access licence may allow young persons to enter the store, but cannabis must not be visible or accessible.
- regulations under The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act will set out the types of identification required to verify age.
Fines will mirror those currently in place for youth possession and consumption of alcohol.
The current fine for youth found in possession of liquor is $672.