Quebec has announced that it will be raising the legal age for buying and consuming cannabis from 18 to 21, making it the province with the highest age limit in the country.
This decision comes after Quebec’s recent shift in government, after the province elected Francois Legault of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) as their new premier. The issue of the legal age for consumption was one of the key points that the notoriously right-wing party had campaigned on.
Legault had vowed to raise the age because of what he termed "terrible" effects of cannabis on young consumers, telling the Montreal Gazette that it’s "dangerous" for people under 25, and that his party wanted to send "the right message".
Still, this is somewhat surprising, given that the legal age for both alcohol and tobacco in Quebec is 18, a year younger than the majority of Canada’s provinces.
Thankfully, 18-year-olds are still allowed to vote in the province, and after decisions like these, it is very likely they will begin make use of that ability.