With cannabis growing in popularity since its legalization in Canada, many people are wondering if they can get a license to grow their own. Surprisingly, getting a license to grow your own cannabis in Canada is not as difficult as you may think. However, there are certain things you should know before you get a grow license in Canada, and this article will cover four of the most important ones.
1: There is a Minimum Age
Much like consuming and purchasing cannabis, the minimum age for growing cannabis in Canada is 19 (with the exception of Alberta and Quebec where the minimum age is 18). If you are not of legal age, you will not be able to get a license to grow cannabis.
This age restriction is in place for a few reasons. The first is that, like alcohol and tobacco, cannabis can be harmful to developing brains. The second reason is that growing cannabis requires some level of responsibility and maturity. If you are not of legal age, it is likely that you do not have the necessary responsibility or maturity to grow cannabis safely and responsibly.
2: There Are Different License Types
Contrary to common belief, there are actually different types of cannabis growing licenses in Canada. The type of license you get will depend on a few factors, including the amount of cannabis you want to grow and the purpose for which you are growing it.
If you want to grow cannabis for personal use, you can do so without the need to apply for a license, as long as you grow it in Canada and in accordance with the Cannabis Act. On the other hand, those who plan to package, distribute, and/or sell cannabis must obtain a license from Health Canada.
3: You Need to Meet Certain Criteria
In order to get a license to grow cannabis in Canada, you must meet certain criteria. For example, you must be of legal age, have no criminal record, and have a clean bill of health. You will also need to pass a background check.
It is important to note that meeting these criteria does not guarantee that you will be able to get a license. In some cases, the number of licenses issued is limited, so even if you meet all of the criteria, you may not be able to get a license.
This is why it is important to research the licensing process in your province or territory before you attempt to apply for a license.
4: Your License May Be Revoked
Even if you are able to get a license to grow cannabis, it is important to remember that your license may be revoked at any time. If you break the law or do not adhere to the terms of your license, your license may be revoked and you could face criminal charges.
You can apply the same logic here as a driver’s license. If you break the law when driving, your license may be revoked. The same is true for cannabis growing licenses.
Getting a license to grow cannabis in Canada is not as difficult as you may think, but there are certain things you should know before you apply. Be sure to do your research and make sure you meet all of the criteria before applying for a license. And, as always, be sure to adhere to the terms of your license to avoid having it revoked. With that in mind, if you meet the criteria, why not try to get a license? Who knows, you may be able to grow some amazing cannabis.