Reports: Minimum age for marijuana use in Quebec to be set at 18

Sep 29 2017, 1:53 pm

The minimum age for consumption of legal marijuana consumption will be 18, according to reports from La Presse.

Premier Philippe Couillard has decided on the lower age limit despite members of his Liberal caucus pushing for the age of consumption to be set at 21.

However, Couillard has argued that setting the legalization age at 21 will only push younger consumers to the black market.

The private sector will not play a role in the sale and distribution of marijuana once it is officially legalized by the federal government in July 2018.

Instead, a new crown corporation will be established to be in charge of sales and distribution of the drug.

Earlier this month, Ontario became the first province in Canada to publicly announce a comprehensive plan to regulate federally legalized cannabis since the announcement of legalization earlier this year.

The province has decided it will be opening approximately 150 standalone pot shops by 2020.

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