Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador who are 19 and older will be able to purchase cannabis from private retail stores once Canada implements nationwide recreational legalization in July, the provincial government has announced.
Those stores will be licensed and regulated by the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC).
Residents living in isolated parts of the province will be able to purchase cannabis from an NLC, or order it online.
At a press conference unveiling the regulations on Thursday, Justice Minister Andrew Parsons said the NLC will set the price of cannabis within the province, but those details haven’t been ironed out yet.
Parsons also revealed that cannabis consumption will remain illegal in public, and businesses will not be permitted to serve it – at least not until the federal government adopts guidelines for edible cannabis products.
"As cannabis is an intoxicating substance its consumption should be regulated, as we already do with alcohol," Parsons said.
When it comes to driving under the influence of cannabis, Parsons suggested the province would be taking on a zero tolerance stance.
"Impaired driving has no place on our roads," he said. "We are working with the federal government and are pressing them for more resources so that the RNC and RCMP have the tools and training they require to enforce the law.”
The Newfoundland and Labrador government’s next step will involve amending its Liquor Corporation Act to give the Crown corporation the ability to buy, import and sell cannabis, control its sale and delivery, issue licences, and determine prices.
Once that’s done, the provincial government will issue a request for proposals from private retailers who want a piece of the local cannabis industry.
Further legislation will be introduced into the House of Assembly come spring.
h/t CBC News