Premier Rachel Notley says she wants to consult Albertans to help shape provincial legislation on legalized marijuana, including on the minimum age for users.
A report from the federal Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation said a federal minimum age for purchase of marijuana should be set at 18, with the recommendation that individual provinces and territories be allowed to “harmonize” the minimum age with that of buying alcohol and tobacco.
“It’s a balancing act, obviously, because on one hand the objective of legalizing marijuana — for the most part — is to control it and to actually make it more safe,” Notley told Postmedia.
“And we are committing that we will engage with Albertans on some of those options, and (age limits) will probably be one of them.”
Notley said there are health issues associated with continued use of marijuana in young adults, specifically when it comes to the developing brain.
“Not everyone is going to agree, but I think it’s really important that we do engage (with Albertans) because I know lots of families are concerned about safety on (marijuana).”