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Canada is one of the few countries that allow the recreational use of marijuana. But the use of cannabis is highly restricted and for a good reason. Of course, the government doesn't want weed getting into the hands of children or adult users abusing or accessing low-quality cannabis.

There are legal guidelines for the sale and use of cannabis that both vendors and users must understand to avoid legal problems. You can buy and distribute bulk weed in Canada, but you must follow the required legal guidelines.

Here are some laws you should be familiar with:

5 Laws That Affect Online Weed Vendors

1.    The Cannabis Act

Access to recreational weed was illegal in Canada until the government passed into law The Cannabis Act. This is the overall law that guides the sale and use of cannabis in Canada, with the primary aim being to protect the consumer's health and safety.

Before you even think of opening an online dispensary, you must obtain a license as required under The Cannabis Act. With a license, you can sell and distribute cannabis products across territories and provinces.

The Cannabis Act prohibits the sale of cannabis to persons under the legal age. You face strict penalties for selling weed or any of its products to individuals under the legal age. Of course, depending on the province or territory, the legal age could be 18 or 19 years.

To be on the safe side, you should seek identification from any buyers who order weed from your dispensary. You should also confirm their state or territory to ensure that they meet the specific region's legal age limit.


2.    Excise Act, 2001

You don't have to worry about stamps if you deal with products with no THC or those with less than 0.3% THC. But if you have any products that do not fall in that category, they must have an excise stamp.

Selling cannabis in Canada may be legal, but the legal requirements can also be overwhelming. There are a lot of qualifications products must meet even if you are selling them online. The excise stamps must be on your cannabis product packages for them to be legal to sell in the country.

But what purpose do these stamps have when you have paid tax? Well, they serve a separate tax category and indicate that the product is legally produced and has met the Canada Revenue Agency's tax obligations (CRA).

You will get stamps of different colors, each market or province with its unique color. For example, you cannot sell a product with a stamp for Alberta in British Columbia or any other province. Quite hectic, but you could lose your license if you don't follow these laws.


3.    Food and Drugs Act

Do you have health products containing cannabis? If so, then you need to read the Food and Drugs Act. You are not permitted to sell such products unless you obtain a license from Health Canada.

If anyone needs access to such products, they must have a prescription from a healthcare practitioner. Many consumers use cannabis for pain management and other conditions, but you risk strict penalties if you sell them such products without authorization.

Author's Bio: 

My name is James K Meyer. I have been an entrepreneur and passionate blogger for over a decade, during which time I have written thousands of articles on my blog and many other publications. I write about Business, Health, Technology, Automobiles, Legal, Hospitality and much more. I am also an active contributer on Entrepreneur, Forbes, NYTimes