Quebec Sets Legal Age For Consuming Cannabis at 18, Rejects Private Retail

The legal age for consuming cannabis in Quebec will be 18, according to reports.

It has also been revealed that the private sector will not play a part in the sale and distribution of cannabis in Quebec once nationwide legalization rolls out next summer.  

Instead, just like in Ontario and New Brunswick, a government agency will be tasked with overseeing cannabis sales.

The decision to set the age of consumption at 18 is likely to displease the Coalition Avenir Québec, the opposition party that has advocated for 21 being the legal age for cannabis consumption.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard has said setting a minimum age of 21 would push younger consumers to the black market.

The Quebec government was initially reluctant to get on board with cannabis legalization, but has since held a number of hearings on the issue in efforts to develop a feasible policy ahead of next summer.

The Ontario government recently announced that its minimum age for cannabis consumption would be 19. While the New Brunswick government hasn’t made an official announcement in this regard yet, the east coast province is expected to follow Ontario’s example.

h/t Montreal Gazette

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