Article by Leaf News
Dear Herb: Can I legally sell or give away any of my allowed four weed plants? I live in Ontario. — Tired of Gardening
Dear Tired: Had enough of trying to grow your cannabis plants?
You cannot legally sell any of the four cannabis plants you’ve been growing, as the Cannabis Act restricts sales to entities with government licences. But you can absolutely give them away, as long as that giveaway meets a few important criteria.
First of all, both the giver and the recipient must be legally considered adults in order to possess the cannabis plants in the first place. In Ontario, that means everyone involved has to be at least 19 years old.
Secondly, the cannabis itself must be of legal origin. Practically speaking, that means one of three things:
- you grew them from legally-obtained seeds or clones, or
- you grew them from legal starting materials shared with you by someone who’s registered to grow medical cannabis, or
- you planted a seed obtained from a legal package of dried cannabis.
Thirdly, you must give the plants away for free. You can’t accept money in exchange, nor should you trade or barter. (A hug or a high-five would be fine, though.) Also, it would be perfectly legal for you to give the plant to a friend, and then later receive a separate gift of up to 30 grams of the crop.