Just days before the end of September the far eastern province has announced it’s recreational cannabis legalization model. For a chance to try Quebec cannabis you will be required to have at least 18 years of age, as the province has set a lower age limit when compared to that of its neighboring province – Ontario.
According to Radio-Canada, cannabis sales will be controlled by Quebec’s liquor control board, which is just like what Ontario announced they will be doing once recreational cannabis is legalized on a federal level.
Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux told reporters on Friday that the reason for this legislation is so that young people would be protected from the unknown products roaming the black market, which could be laced with dozens of lethal and dangerous substances.
“We need to keep young people away from the black market,” said Coiteux. He also added that it is no longer up to the provincial governments to declare how they feel on the topic, but follow through with the federal government’s decisions which they will have to work around now.
“It’s not our decision, it’s the decision of the federal government. It’s not necessarily the decision we would have made, but now it’s our responsibility to build the framework,” he said.
Quebec Cannabis Age Limit Set at 18
The government of Quebec decided to lower the limit all the way to 18 years so that young people living in Quebec won’t have to resort to purchasing recreational marijuana from the black market.
The provincial government outlined their plan for the age limit and the distribution after a series of very productive talks among their members.
Simon Jolin-Barrette, justice critic for the opposition Coalition Avenir Québec has voiced his concern with the low age limit.
“We are extremely uncomfortable with the premier’s decision to make the age 18 because marijuana affects the development of the brain. It has consequences for young people up to the age of 25,” he said.
We are still waiting for the public opinion on the topic, but judging by how Ontario residents reacted to the news that the LCBO will be controlling all sales of cannabis in the province, the public opinion on this call might turn out to be poor as well for the 11 million Canadians that plan on using it.