Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find the most comprehensive resources on cannabis legalization in Canada?
The most extensive legal and educational resources regarding your cannabis related questions in Canada and Alberta can be found here:
- Health Canada’s Cannabis Education Resource
- Alberta Gaming Liquor & Cannabis Commission’s Cannabis Education Resource
However, we have distilled some of the most relevant, local information for our Enlightened Herb Cannabis customers in this section. Please feel free to Contact Us by phone or email if you have any additional questions.
What is the legal age to purchase cannabis in Canada?
The legal age to purchase cannabis varies from province to province. In Alberta the minimum legal age for purchasing cannabis is 18, aligning with Alberta's legal drinking and smoking age. According to Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis Commission (AGLC) regulations, no one under the age of 18 is allowed to enter a cannabis store, even if accompanied by an adult.
Retail cannabis store staff are required to obtain valid identification and verify proof of age if a person who appears to be under 25 years of age. Valid ID valid primary identification must:
- have a photo
- have a name
- have a unique identifier number
- not be expired
- include date of birth
- be Government issued
- have a signature
- be an original (not a copy)
How much cannabis can I legally purchase at Enlightened Herb Cannabis and how much can I legally possess?
Purchases cannot exceed 30 grams of dried cannabis, or equivalent, to one individual per visit. If our staff believe a sales transaction will place an individual in possession of more than 30 grams of cannabis, we may not process the sale.
In general, adults who are 18 years or older (in Alberta) are able to possess up to 30 grams of legal dried cannabis, or its equivalent in non-dried form (see below for equivalency ratios), in public (no limits for possession at home); they may share up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent with other adults; they may buy cannabis products from a provincial or territorial retailer; and they may grow up to 4 plants per residence (not per person) for personal use from legally acquired seeds or seedlings, depending on the province or territory
Equivalent Quantity are Compared to 1 gram of Dried Cannabis
Dried Cannabis = 1 gram
Fresh Cannabis= 5 grams (therefore you can legally possess 150 grams of fresh cannabis)
Non‐Solids Containing Cannabis= 70 grams
Cannabis Plant Seeds= 1 Seed
Are Enlightened Herb Cannabis products available online or by delivery?
According to provincial regulations, retails stores in Alberta are unable to sell their products online and they are not allowed to provide delivery services. The only way to purchase cannabis from a retail cannabis store is in person.
As our inventory is constantly changing depending on product availability, we have opted to not publish our available products online at this time.
At Enlightened Herb Cannabis, it is our desire to build personal relationships and create community. In order to provide the highest level of customer service, we invite you to visit us in person between 10am and 10pm daily so we can ensure you are receiving the products that best suit your needs, and allow us to recommend products you may enjoy based on your previous purchases (if you choose to sign up to our loyalty program).
Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions or want to inquire about product availability in advance.
Can I grow my own cannabis plants at home?
Yes, you can! Under the Cannabis Act, you’re legally allowed to grow four plants per household (not per person). Enlightened Herb Cannabis would be happy to provide you with legal cannabis seeds, however we are not authorized to sell any additional equipment that may be needed to grow your cannabis plants.
Where can I consume cannabis products purchased at Enlightened Herb Cannabis?
Cannabis consumption rules and regulations are created at various levels of government- federal, provincial and municipal, so it can be confusing to understand which rules apply in which jurisdictions across Canada. What may be legal in one city or town may differ from what is legal in a nearby city or town.
Federal Laws (Canada-wide)
Federal laws state that cannabis cannot be consumed inside or on the property of any cannabis retail outlet, so consumption of products purchased at Enlightened Herb Cannabis may not occur on our premises.
Cannabis may be consumed in your home, but consumption is banned in vehicles (your purchase may be transported in your vehicle, but must remain sealed in its original packaging and out of reach of anyone in the vehicle (these regulations echo existing laws for transporting alcohol in your vehicle).
If you live in a condo, you should also check the condo bylaws as some condo boards have prohibited some forms of consumption within their buildings. If you are staying in a hotel or AirBnB, please consult with the manager or owner as they may have their own regulations regarding cannabis consumption on their properties.
Provincial Laws (Alberta-wide)
Provincially in Alberta, to protect children and limit second-hand exposure, public smoking or vaping of cannabis is prohibited in the same places tobacco is restricted, plus:
- on any hospital property, school property or child care facility property
- in or within a prescribed distance from:
- a playground
- a sports or playing field
- a skateboard or bicycle park
- a zoo
- an outdoor theatre
- an outdoor pool or splash pad
- in any motor vehicle except, those being used as temporary residences, such as parked RVs
Provincial laws have established a number of consequences when cannabis is consumed in public or in a vehicle, including fines and other administrative penalties.
Municipal Bylaws (Foothills County Specific)
Municipalities also have the power to create additional restrictions on public use.
Enlightened Herb Cannabis is located in the town of Black Diamond, which falls within Foothills County. Foothills County is a rural municipality located adjacent to and immediately south of the City of Calgary. Covering an area of approximately 3,600 square kilometres in area, located in the foothills of sunny southern Alberta, Foothills County surrounds the Towns of Okotoks, High River, Turner Valley, and Black Diamond, the Village of Longview, and the Eden Valley Indian Reserve.
In addition or as amended to federal and provincial laws, the general public consumption rules for Foothills County according to the MD of the Foothills No. 31 website are:
- You cannot smoke,vape or consume cannabis in any public place within the MD of Foothills. Public places include any privately or publicly owned or leased property the public has access to.
- The definition of consuming cannabis includes smoking, vaping or ingesting in any manner, and includes holding cannabis or having control of a device containing cannabis.
- The penalty for consuming cannabis in public in the MD is $250.
- To view a copy of the Consumption of Cannabis in Public Places Bylaw No. 43/2018, visit the Resource Library at www.mdfoothills.com.
In Parks Canada campgrounds, non-medical cannabis consumption is limited to the visitor’s campsite. Consumption is not permitted in campground common areas.
Additionally in Alberta:
- Public use is allowed in provincial parks (including day-use areas), however no smoking or vaping is permitted within 5 metres of buildings or playgrounds or within campground common areas.
- Public use is allowed in the backcountry and on trails.
Leaving Canada/Crossing the Border
What are the impaired driving rules in Alberta?
Cannabis consumption is banned in vehicles and driving impaired is unsafe and illegal. Period.
Legislation came into effect upon the legalization of cannabis in Canada that makes it easier for police officers to detect drug-impairment driving. Police are able to test for drug-impaired driving using Standard Field Sobriety Tests and through the use of Drug Recognition Experts.
Don't get behind the wheel or get in a car with an impaired driver — it's just not worth the risk.
For more information, visit the federal government’s Don’t Drive High campaign.
Does cannabis have health benefits?
As a provincially licensed retail cannabis store, Enlightened Herb Cannabis staff are not authorized to provide medical advice or recommend products for medical purposes, our products are for recreational use only.
However, medical cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2001 through the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), which have since been replaced by the Cannabis Act when cannabis became fully legal in Canada in October 2017.
According to an article found on Leafly: What is the endocannabinoid system and what is its role?
Humans have an endocannabinoid system (ECS)- a biological system first discovered in the late ’80s and early ’90s, although much remains unknown about the system today.
The endocannabinoid system is largely comprised of endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes that are believed to help regulate a variety of functions in human including sleep, mood, memory, appetite, reproduction, and pain sensation. The body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a vital molecular system for helping maintain homeostasis. Scientists still have plenty of questions about the human endocannabinoid system and how it functions.
Medical cannabis may assist in balancing the endocannabinoid system to achieve homeostasis, but deciding if cannabis is appropriate to treat your symptoms should be done in discussion with a health care provider in order to weigh the potential benefits and risks.
If you are curious or concerned about potential conflicts with your current prescription medication, it’s best to contact the Medication and Herbal Advice Line at 1-800-332-1414 for confidential advice on how any other drugs you may take interact with cannabis, or speak with your health care practitioner.*
What is the difference between THC and CBD?
Briefly, THC and CBD are both chemical compounds, but they have different effects. Short for tetrahydrocannabinol, THC is what provides the feeling of being “high”, while CBD, short for while cannabidiol, has less or no psychoactive effects.
If you want to dig a little deeper into the differences between the two compunds, we recommend this article on Leafly: CBD vs. THC: What’s the difference?
Did you know that THC and CBD are not the only cannabinoids found in cannabis? To learn more, we recommend this article on Leafly: A list of major cannabinoids in cannabis and their effects.
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are the aromatic compounds that can be found naturally in cannabis and other plants, for instance the terpene limonene that can be found in some cannabis strains is also found in lemons, pinene in pine needles and caryophyllene in black pepper, just to name a few.
Terepenes not only determine a particular cannabis strain’s scent and flavour, but also contribute to its effects. To find out more, we recommend this article on Leafly: Everything Canadians need to know about cannabis terpenes.
Is cannabis addictive?
Cannabis can be addictive, although according to Health Canada, the risk of addiction is lower than it is for other substances such as:
To better understand the signs of cannabis addiction, visit this Health Canada Link: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/health-effects/addiction.html
If you are concerned about your or a friend’s cannabis use please contact Alberta Health Services. They offer free counselling 24/7 through their help line at 1-866-332-2322.
Can I claim cannabis as a medical expense on my tax return?
While cannabis is now legal recreationally, to claim it as a medical expense, a few criteria must be met as set out by the CRA*. In order to claim cannabis as a medical expense, you must have a medical document as defined in the Cannabis Regulations, be registered as a client or holder of a licence for sale, and make your cannabis purchases from that licence holder. By this definition, cannabis purchased through a retail cannabis store is not eligible to be claimed as a medical expense (sorry!).