What Nova Scotia’s Political Leaders Are Saying About Regulating Marijuana

Article by Shaina Luck, CBC News

What Nova Scotia's political leaders are saying about regulating marijuana July 1, 2018 is the federal deadline to legalize marijuana

With a little more than a year to go before the federal deadline to legalize marijuana, the incoming provincial government will have to work quickly to implement new provincial pot laws.

None of the three party leaders has a definite plan on how they want to regulate the drug, but say they will be working on the issue in time for July 1, 2018.

Legalization was a key campaign promise by the Trudeau Liberals in 2015, but Ottawa has given discretion to the provinces over issues such the price of the drug, and how it is distributed and sold. The federal minimum age to buy marijuana will be 18 but provinces are permitted to set an older age limit.

McNeil: ‘Uniform approach’ needed

Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil said his justice minister has already consulted with other justice ministers across the country, and he has personally consulted with the other Atlantic premiers.

“We’re looking to have a uniform approach,” he said. “That hasn’t been landed on at this point. But we continue to make sure that we put together an Atlantic Canada model.”

McNeil said he thinks the minimum age to purchase should be similar across the country to avoid cross-border purchases. The age of 19, the minimum age for alcohol purchases in Nova Scotia, would make sense, he said.

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