North Bay, ON, Canada

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 5

Legislation: it is against the law to possess marijuana in Canada. If you have baggies, scales or other selling paraphenalia, you may be charged with trafficking.

Cannabis is schedule II in Canada (for more than 3 kg). Canada’s cannabis control laws are spottily enforced, with the west coast (British Columbia) being well known for its high quality cannabis and low levels of enforcement. In 2002, Canada’s federal government made several findings in favor of cannabis legalization and medical use approval. Although the status of medical cannabis is still in flux (sep 2002), the Canadian government has several times voiced its intention to support full medical use. Non-viable Cannabis seeds and Cannabis stalks (that do not include leaves, flowers, seeds or branches) are exempted.

In July 2000, an Ontario Court of Appeal ruled against the Canadian law because it did not address medical necessity and on July 31, 2001 a new regulation was enacted by the cabinet which addressed medical use. In January 2003, a lower Ontario court ruled simple possession laws banning cannabis unconstitutional, although it is unclear what the long term implications of this might be.

Law enforcement: Police may ticket you for possession, but will usually just throw your weed away and let you go.

Where to buy marijuana: You can walk downtown and ask people who look stoned. There are quite a few people who may help you out, but you run a slight risk of getting ripped off if you approach the wrong person.

Down in Ferris (Lakeshore Area, near the North Bay Mall) ask someone.

Canadore College Residence

Marijuana prices: $10 / gram

$25 – $30 / half quarter (1/8th)

$50 – $60 / quarter

$90 – $110 / half ounce

$150 – $210 / ounce

You probably won’t find a quarter, half, or full pound unless you have the right connections.

Marijuana brands: Plenty of excellent outdoor, really good hydro is harder to find, but not impossible. Purps appear occasionally.

More information: You’re probably good to go just lighting up anywhere, there are few cops, and most don’t give a shit, just as long as you’re not waving it around screaming about how great the weed is.