Quebec to Tighten Cannabis Regulations to 21

Quebec to Tighten Cannabis Regulations, Raise Legal Age to 21

The Quebec government tabled legislation this morning that could raise the legal age for owning and consuming cannabis from the state to 21.

Bill 2 aims to tighten the regulation of cannabis from the state.  In addition to raising the age, the new laws would prohibit cannabis consumption including streets and parks, as well as, prohibit possession of cannabis on the premises of colleges and universities.

If passed, the bill would also limit the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) from working a cannabis retail outlet less than 250 metres from an educational institution including colleges and universities.

Maintaining Campaign Promises

Increasing the lawful age to 21 from 18 was among the Coalition Avenir Québec’s (CAQ) main campaign promises leading up to its Oct. 1 success.

Lionel Carmant, Minister for Social and Health Services, has said he is concerned about the effects of cannabis.

Carmant has said he expects to get the legislation adopted by March though the bill must be examined by a committee of the National Assembly of Quebec before it is given assent.

The law legalizing cannabis consumption sets the minimum age at 18 but gives provinces the power to increase it. In all other states and lands, the legal age is 18 or 19.

Published at Wed, 05 Dec 2018 19:32:37 +0000

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