Alberta Still Hashing Out Pot Policy as Feds Aim For 2018 Marijuana Legalization

Article by Shawn Logan, Calgary Herald

Alberta still hashing out pot policy as feds aim for 2018 marijuana legalization

Alberta’s NDP will await federal legislation and a public conversation before rolling out its own policies around legalized pot, Premier Rachel Notley said Monday.

With the feds reportedly set to announce legislation next month with the aim of making marijuana legal by next Canada Day, Notley said Alberta isn’t rushing to put its own stamp on the policy before setting eyes on it, or before asking Albertans to weigh in.

“We are concerned about ensuring the safety and health of young Albertans and ensuring we don’t kickstart another black market,” she said.

“We haven’t landed on those key decisions yet because haven’t consulted with Albertans.”

The new federal legislation reportedly sets the minimum age to purchase legal weed at 18, though provinces will have the discretion to set a higher limit.

Provinces will also be responsible for determining how legal marijuana will be sold and distributed, as well as having the right to set its price.

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