Cannabis has only been legal for just under two months and already the market for this newly legalized drug has continued to grow. While all other provinces have seemed to accept the change, the province of Quebec is attempting to limit the access that Québécois have to cannabis. The Quebec Government is in the process of passing a legislation that will raise the legal age for consumption of cannabis to 21.
Bill 2, which was tabled this morning by the Quebec Government, will not only raise the age in which you need to be to consume cannabis but will also limit the areas in which you are able to smoke it. With the passing of this bill, citizens will no longer be able to smoke in any public area, including local parks and streets.
As of right now, the legal age for consumption of cannabis in Quebec is 18, the same as their legal drinking age.
This legislation is being passed under Coalition Avenir Quebec's main campaign promises which were promised before its Oct. 1 victory.
According to Andre Fortin, an MNA with the Quebec Liberals, 31 percent of the population that is between the ages of 18 and 24 are consuming cannabis right now. One of the main concerns that the Quebec Government has with the low legalization age is the effect that this drug will have on 18-year-olds still-developing brains.
Lionel Carmant, the junior health minister, has spoken out about the dangers of cannabis for younger citizens and he has stated that he hopes the new law will be adopted by May.
So, if you live or are planning on visiting Quebec any time soon, make sure to keep an eye out for the legal age for the consumption of cannabis.
Source: Global News