Quebec Welcomes Delayed Timeline For Legal Marijuana

Article by CBC News

Quebec welcomes delayed timeline for legal marijuana Federal government had initially set target date for legalization as July 1, 2018 CBC News.  The delay will help the province's law enforcement better prepare for what't to come, Couillard said. (Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard is welcoming the delay for the legalization of recreational marijuana after the timeline was pushed back at the federal level earlier this week.

“It gives us more time to prepare,” he said.

While the federal government had set July 1, 2018, as the target date for legalization, leaders in Senate reached a deal Thursday that postpones it until at least August.

Quebec has been urging Ottawa to give the provinces more time to prepare for regulating and selling legalized and recreational cannabis.

The delay will help the province’s law enforcement better prepare for a new reality, according to Couillard.

Couillard said the postponement will help police officers get ready to deal with “issues surrounding traffic regulations, for training and for other things we want them to do as well.”

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