Once legal this summer, the Federal Government will be allowing Canadians to possess up to 30 grams of dried legal cannabis (or equivalent) in public. Perhaps, you have heard this and wondered “just how much is a gram of cannabis”? To be clear, we’re talking about quantity here, not price.
Attempting to make sense of cannabis quantities can be challenging. Central to the confusion is conceptualization of weight, which depends on both product size and density.
Here are some visuals to help you out. Keep in mind that these depictions are approximations, given that density varies (at times drastically) between products.
Let’s compare it to a cigarette…
An average tobacco cigarette weighs a little less than a gram, about 0.7 grams. So there are roughly 40 cigarettes in an ounce. Consequently, 40 marijuana cigarettes weighing the same as an average tobacco cigarette will fall under the government’s 30 gram limit.
Dried cannabis is equivalent to….?????
The Cannabis Act (Bill C45) will allow 30 grams of dried cannabis, but there are some equivalencies for other forms of cannabis. Here is a guide:
One (1) gram of dried cannabis is equivalent to:
- 5 g of fresh cannabis,
- 15 g of edible product,
- 70 g of liquid product,
- 0.25 g of concentrates (solid or liquid), or
- 1 cannabis plant seed.