Manitoba Government Won’t Budge on Homegrown Bud Ban After Feds Reject Senate Recommendation

Article by CBC News

Manitoba government won't budge on homegrown bud ban after feds reject Senate recommendation Senate recommended allowing provinces to decide whether to allow cannabis growing at home CBC News Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said banning homegrown pot will make enforcement easier and keep cannabis out of the hands of young people. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

The Manitoba government is holding firm on its refusal to allow people to grow their own marijuana when it becomes legal, despite the federal government saying homegrowing should be allowed.

The province maintains that regulations for growing cannabis at home fall within its jurisdiction.

The province, a spokesperson for Justice Minister Heather Stefanson said in an email to CBC News, has authority over “setting additional regulatory requirements to address issues of local concern. For example, provinces and territories could set a higher minimum age or more restrictive limits on possession or personal cultivation, including lowering the number of plants or restricting where it may be cultivated.”

Premier Brian Pallister said banning home cultivation of pot will cut out more of the black market and better protect children.

“If we’re going to make errors, lets err on the side of safety. Let’s make sure that we’re doing everything we can to protect people who choose to use the product, but also protect those who do not,” he said in an interview on CBC’s Power and Politics.

Last week, the Senate proposed 46 amendments to Bill C-45, the federal Cannabis Act. It recommended the provinces be allowed to decide for themselves whether to let people grow up to four plants in their homes — the maximum allowed in the act.

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