After Monday night’s election, it was announced that François Legault of The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) would be Quebec’s new premier.
By electing the right-wing CAQ into a majority government, Quebecers have voted to usher in a new era for the province, and consequently we can expect major policy changes within the next few years.
As Vice pointed out, the most immediate change could have a big impact on cannabis users in the province, as the CAQ campaigned on imposing two new restrictions on legalization. The first would raise the legal age of consumption to 21, and the second would ban smoking in all public places.
This is several years above the federally suggested minimum legal age of 18, and even the generally adopted age of 19. The smoking ban also runs counter to the growing trend of provinces opting to allow cannabis users to smoke wherever they can consume tobacco.
When and how these regulations will take shape remains to be seen, but it could have a big impact on the early days of legalized use later this month.