Article by David Brown, Lift News
A bill to deal with legal cannabis will be tabled next spring, said PEI Lieutenant Governor Antoinette Perry on Thursday in her first speech from the throne. The throne speech opened the fall session of the PEI legislature.
While no specific details were offered, Perry said the province will be guided by the principles of good public health and safety, and they will review public input and engage with municipalities, police, public health and education experts and businesses.
The province’s approach will focus on taking profits away from the black market, keeping cannabis out of the hands of young Canadians, and following a ‘consistent approach’ across the region.
Ensuring similar rules like age limits with neighbouring provinces and territories will help ensure less cross-border shopping for products, similar to provincial rules for alcohol and tobacco.
In neighbouring Quebec, reports have suggested that the distribution and sale of legal cannabis will be overseen by the Société des alcools du Québec, the provincial liquor board, with an age limit of 18. The province is expected to table legislation Thursday for legalization.