Manitoba Bans Home Growing, Sets Legal Age For Cannabis Consumption At 19

Following Quebec’s controversial lead, Manitoba is moving to ban residents from growing their own cannabis despite proposed federal regulations to the contrary.

Justice Minister Heather Stefanson announced this week that the ban is aimed at protecting children and youth.

"Obviously we have young people that live in our homes and we want to protect them from being exposed to this," Stefanson said Tuesday after introducing the province’s new cannabis legislation.

She added that enforcing regulations around home cultivation would place too heavy a burden on Manitoba police once nationwide recreational cannabis legalization rolls out across Canada in July.

"I think it is difficult when they go into a home and start to look at whether or not there are four or six plant or 10 plants - I think that is a very difficult thing to be enforcing out there.”

While the federal government has said Canadians should be allowed to grow up to four plants per household and set the minimum age at 18, the provinces are permitted to set their own cannabis regulations.

Manitoba has proposed that cannabis be sold by private licensed retailers in a framework controlled by the Manitoba Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority. Sales and use will be restricted to those who are 19 and older.

The province has also stated that municipalities will be able to ban cannabis sales if they hold a plebiscite.

Unlicensed individuals caught selling cannabis could face up to a year in jail in Manitoba, while corporations doing so could face up to $500,000 in fines.

Last month, Quebec introduced its own legislation to ban home growing within the province.

h/t CTV News

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