Marijuana Laws in Burlington
The Ontario Government has rules in place to keep cannabis out of the hands of children and youth, keep our roads safe and combat the illegal market. Ontario has a tightly regulated private retail model for marijuana.
You must be 19 and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis. This is the same as the minimum age for the sale of tobacco and alcohol in Ontario.
Where you can smoke and vape cannabis:
- Private residences – this does not include residences that are also workplaces (for example, long-term care and retirement homes)
- Many outdoor public places (for example, sidewalks and parks)
- Designated smoking guest rooms in hotels, motels and inns
- Residential vehicles and boats that meet certain criteria (for example, if they have permanent sleeping accommodations and cooking facilities, and are parked or anchored)
- Scientific research and testing facilities (if the cannabis use is for scientific research and testing purposes)
Where you cannot smoke or vape cannabis:
- in restaurants and on bar patios and public areas within 9 metres of a patio
- on outdoor grounds of specified Ontario government office buildings
- in reserved seating areas at outdoor sports and entertainment locations
- on grounds of community recreational facilities and public areas within 20 metres of those grounds
- in sheltered outdoor areas with a roof and more than two walls which the public or employees frequent, or are invited to (for example, a bus shelter)
Marijuana Possession in Burlington
You are able to have a maximum of 30 grams (about one ounce) of dried cannabis (or equivalent) in public at any time.
One gram of dried cannabis is equal (equivalent) to:
- 5 grams of fresh cannabis
- 15 grams of edible product
- 70 grams of liquid product
- 0.25 grams of concentrates (solid or liquid)
- 1 cannabis plant seed
|Class of Cannabis ||Quantity equivalent to 1 g of dried cannabis ||Calculation||Equivalency Amount |
|Dried cannabis ||1g ||1 g x 30 = ||30 g of dried cannabis |
|Fresh cannabis ||5g ||5 g x 30 = ||150 g of fresh cannabis |
|Solids containing cannabis ||15 g ||15 g x 30 = ||450 g of solids containing cannabis |
|Non-solids containing cannabis ||70 g ||70 g x 30 = ||2,100 grams of non-solids containing cannabis |
|Cannabis solid concentrates ||0.25 g ||0.25 g x 30 = ||7.5 g of cannabis solid concentrates |
|Cannabis non-solid concentrates ||0.25 g ||0.25 g x 30 = ||7.5 g of cannabis non- solid concentrates |
|Cannabis plant seeds ||1 seed ||1 seed x 30 = ||30 cannabis seeds |
Where to Go in Burlington After You Get Your Marijuana
Spending a few days in Burlington is highly recommended, especially if you are looking for a quiet place to relax far from the madding crowd. If you do find yourself visiting the city, these are the best things to do in Burlington stoned:
1. Watch the weather
The iconic Discovery Landing building faces the lake and is an excellent place to watch the weather. The 4,328 square metre building is a landmark that makes for a great place to play, relax and enjoy. The building features an observatory with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer magnificent panoramic views. It also boasts a fabulous restaurant with spectacular views of the lake. Discovery Landing also happens to overlook the Rotary Centennial Pond. The pond is more than 3,000 square metres and in the winter is turned into an ice skating rink.
2. Explore Downtown Burlington
Go on a walking tour of this historic part of the city and see some of Burlington’s most magnificent buildings. Start the tour at the fountain in front of City Hall and then follow Ontario Street and start to explore Downtown Burlington. On this historic walk you will see beautiful Victorian Vernacular, late Victorian and Gothic Revival mansions. You will also pass by the hotel-tavern Zimmerman House that was built in 1860. There are two historic churches in Downtown Burlington; the Knox Presbyterian Church and L’Eglise St Philippe Church. The former dates back to 1845 and is noted for its hand-made pulpit, while the later was built in 1875 and features an Italianate square tower.
3. Go rock climbing
Mount Nemo Conservation Area is the place to do this. In fact, it is one of the most popular places to climb in Southwestern Ontario. The climb starts at a rate of 5.9 with parts falling between 5.10 and 5.12, so it is not for an amateur. But any avid climber will be enjoy going rock climbing here. A feature of the climb are the spectacular views, which, on a clear day, stretch all the way to the CN Tower. There are also hiking trails for those that don’t want to do the climb.