Article by Kamila Hinkson, CBC News
By Canada Day next year, marijuana is expected to be legal across the country, but how and where it will be available for purchase in Quebec is far from clear.
Under legislation expected to be announced by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government early next month, Ottawa will be in charge of making sure the country’s marijuana supply is safe. It will also license producers.
The provinces, however, will have the right to decide how the marijuana is distributed and sold. They will also have the right to set price.
Up until now, though, Quebec has stayed quiet about its plans.
Premier Philippe Couillard said while he is not opposed to the principle of legalization, he wants to see the details of the bill before commenting on how the province will tackle the issue.
Couillard told reporters in Jonquière, Que., Monday that he has no details about what will be in the bill, and there are aspects of it that must be clarified.
“We should also be careful not to add too many responsibilities on the shoulders of provinces, for example, regulation, implementation, how we’re going to test people for this. So we want to make sure everyone plays their part in the implementation,” he said.
Health Minister Gaétan Barrette said Monday that when the new regulations are “imposed” on the provinces and territories, “there will be consequences, and we will do as always.… We take the responsibilities [into] our hands, and we do the best we can.”
“That is what will happen,” he said.