Legal Cannabis in Prince Edward Island: What You Should Know

Published on October 13, 2018 · Last updated July 28, 2020
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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 PEI

Cannabis will be sold in four stores run by the PEI Cannabis Management Corporation, a Crown corporation, starting October 17. PEI Cannabis will also sell cannabis through an online web site.

The stores will be located in Charlottetown, Summerside, Montague, and O’Leary. All stores except the O’Leary outlet are expected to open at 9am on Oct. 17. The O’Leary store is expected to be ready to open in November.

Legal Age in PEI: 19

Each province sets its own legal age, as with alcohol. In Prince Edward Island, the minimum age for purchase and possession is set at 19 years of age.

I’m New to Cannabis. Help!

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What Can I Buy in PEI?

Four 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 10 licensed producers of cannabis. Edibles are not yet allowed, but are expected to enter the market nationwide in October 2019.

Will PEI Stores Be Open on Oct. 17?

Yes. Three cannabis retail store stores (in Charlottetown, Summerside, and Montague) will be open at 9am. The O’Leary store won’t be ready until November.

Who Runs the Stores?

The province’s four PEI Cannabis stores are owned and operated by the Prince Edward Island Cannabis Management Corporation, which is overseen by the PEI Liquor Control Commission. They will be stand-alone stores, completely separate from liquor stores.

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Where Can I Buy It?

Leafly specializes in helping consumers find cannabis. We’ve got an entire page devoted to bringing you up-to-the-minute information about the location and status of PEI’s four stores: Recreational Cannabis Stores in PEI.

All About PEI Online Sales

Online sales of cannabis products will be available starting Oct. 17 at 12:01am, at PEI Cannabis. Shoppers will be asked to verify their age, and obligated to prove their age upon delivery.

PEI Cannabis products will be delivered within the province by Purolator, which has a proof-of-age process that requires an adult signature upon delivery. Purolator is aiming for no more than two days between order and delivery.Order Online From PEI Cannabis

Possession Limits in PEI

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

Transporting Rules

Cannabis in any form cannot be used in vehicles by passengers or drivers. Rule of thumb: Keep those original packages unopened, and store it in the trunk.

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 Prince Edward Island, the government has prohibited minors from being in the cannabis section of the province’s liquor stores.

Consumption Restrictions in PEI

In Prince Edward Island, consumption of cannabis will be permitted in private dwellings or vacant land with the consent of the occupant.

Home-grow Is Allowed

The federal Cannabis Act allows adults to cultivate up to four plants per residence, and the province of Prince Edward Island is no different. However, landlord consent is required and the cultivation must be inaccessible to minors.

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.

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Harrison Jordan
Harrison Jordan
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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