Smithers, BC, Canada

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 3

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: The police will search you if you are caught with pot in your possession, they will take it away. If you’re not caught with paraphernalia related to dealing you probably won’t be arrested. Don’t get caught with bongs or pipes, they will make you break them. *sniff*. Police reaction will depend a lot on your attitude.

Where to buy marijuana: Try walking main st. look for people hacking (hacky-sac), or hippie-ish looking folks.

Marijuana prices: $25 to $30 for an eighth ounce. Ounce for $200 to $240 (CAD).

More information: Hash is a rarity in town, don’t bother looking for it unless someone offers.