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Legal Cannabis in New Brunswick: What You Should Know

Cannabis will be legal for adults throughout Canada starting on Oct. 17, 2018. You have questions, we have answers: Where to buy it, which stores are open, age limits, purchase limits, what’s actually on the shelves, where it’s legal to consume, and more.

Retail Sales in New Brunswick

Cannabis will be sold in 20 stores by Cannabis NB, a subsidiary of the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation (ANBL), starting October 17, 2018. Cannabis NB officials have expressed confidence that all 20 stores will be open for business on Oct. 17.

Cannabis NB will also sell cannabis on its web site starting Oct. 17, but the web site address has not yet been made public.

Legal Age in New Brunswick: 19

Each province sets its own legal age, as with alcohol. In New Brunswick, the minimum age for purchase and possession is set at 19.

Looking for the Cannabis NB Stores?

Leafly Has Them Listed

I’m New to Cannabis. Help!

We’ve got you covered. Leafly maintains the world’s most accurate database of cannabis information, and it’s here at your fingertips. Think of us as your cannabis library. To get started, check out our Cannabis 101 page, which contains articles and how-to guides prepared by cannabis experts writing in plain English, not confusing jargon.

What Can I Buy in New Brunswick?

Publicly-run stores will be allowed to sell a range of dried cannabis (aka flower or buds), pre-rolls, cannabis oils, capsules, and seeds for home growing. The province has supply deals with 5 licensed producers of cannabis. Edibles are not yet allowed, but are expected to enter the market nationwide in October 2019.

Will New Brunswick Stores Be Open on Oct. 17?

Yes. Cannabis NB officials say all 20 cannabis retail store stores will be open on Legalization Day.

Where Can I Buy It?

Leafly specializes in helping people find cannabis. We have all 20 Cannabis NB stores listed on our page: Recreational Cannabis Stores in New Brunswick. Online sales will also be available through the Cannabis NB web site, but that site has not gone live yet.

Recreational Cannabis Stores in New Brunswick

Possession Limits in New Brunswick

Those 19 and up can possess up to one ounce (30 grams) of dried cannabis in public.

Transporting Rules

Cannabis transported in a motor vehicle, moving or not, must not be consumed. This also applies to motorcycles, farm tractors, off-road vehicles, and snowmobiles. 

Purchase Limits

Each customer is limited to the federal possession limit, which is 30 grams of dried cannabis, 30 cannabis seeds, or an equivalent amount of cannabis oil.

Can My Kids Enter the Store With Me?

No. In New Brunswick, the government has prohibited minors from being in their legal recreational cannabis stores.

Consumption Restrictions in New Brunswick

In New Brunswick, consumption of cannabis in any form will be prohibited anywhere but in a private dwelling or on land adjacent to a private dwelling (in your house, in your backyard, etc.). If consuming cannabis in another residence, you must have the permission of the homeowner. There are no legislated restrictions on cannabis consumption in private residences.

Home-grow Is Prohibited

While the federal Cannabis Act allows adults to cultivate up to four plants per residence, the province of Quebec is placing some restrictions on this practicel including a requirement that cultivation take place indoors in a separate locked space. If Outdoors, it must be in a locked enclosure at least 1.52m in height.

Crossing Provincial Borders

Can you transport cannabis from one province to another? Yes. But you must abide by the federal public possession limit, which is 30 grams of dried cannabis per person. Important: Do not attempt to transport cannabis across any international border. Cannabis is legal in Washington State, Vermont, Alaska, and Maine, but the border crossing is a federal zone. And cannabis remains federally illegal in the United States.

Can I Fly With Cannabis?

Yes, as long as you remain within Canada and abide by the possession limits of the departure province and the arrival province. But please be mindful. The fragrance of cannabis flower can be powerful, and not everybody enjoys it in the close confines of an airplane cabin.

Yes, You Can Fly With Cannabis in Canada

The Cannabis Supply Chain in New Brunswick

Like most other provinces, the province of New Brunswick will act as middle man through Cannabis NB. The organization will have retail stores across New Brunswick and will also serve as the online portal for ordering recreational cannabis for delivery.

The New Brunswick Provincial Laws

The Newfoundland government passed a number of cannabis-related pieces of legislation, including the Cannabis Control Act and the Cannabis Management Corporation Act. These acts, along with a few others, sets out the parameters of lawful sale, purchase and consumption of cannabis in the province.

No Caps on Cannabis Stores in New Brunswick

There are no caps on the number of stores that can be opened in New Brunswick.


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Harrison Jordan is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and enjoys reading and writing about the regulatory affairs of cannabis in Canada and around the world.

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