Dispensary Laws and Regulations for Newfoundland Retailers

Updated on November 13, 2020

As Canada draws closer to the federal legalization of cannabis – set to take effect in July 2018 – provinces and territories are busily preparing their bylaws and regulatory frameworks. Though much of Newfoundland plan is still under development, we know a few things about how the retail sale of cannabis will look in the province.

Newfoundland will allow retail sales by private operators; however, the province has reserved the right to establish government-run stores or online shops in areas without private ones. Wholesale distribution will be carried out by the Newfoundland Liquor Corporation.

Newfoundland has set the minimum age for cannabis purchase and consumption at 19.

Be sure to check our Newfoundland dispensary laws page frequently, as information will be updated regularly as it becomes available. Check out our Canada dispensary laws page for information about regulations in other states.


Remaining compliant with federal and provincial regulations will be critical. Learn the details of Newfoundland’s cannabis retail law here.

Cannabis retail locations will be run by private operators. Licensing/permitting information is not yet available. Distribution of wholesale cannabis will be government-run through the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation.

Under Canada’s proposed Cannabis Act, public possession of more than 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent will be unlawful. However, individual provinces may restrict daily purchase limits.

Newfoundland and Labrador have set the minimum age for cannabis purchase and consumption at 19.


Cannabis tracking and reporting helps the government prevent diversion into the black market. Get the facts here.

The proposed Cannabis Act authorizes the Minister to establish a national cannabis tracking system and to require licensed operators to report all cannabis activity.

Details on the required information and timeframe for reporting have not yet been determined.

This answer will be updated as more information becomes available.