Article by CBC News
The New Brunswick government says it wants to create a special fund to support education programs aimed at keeping marijuana out of the hands of youth.
Finance Minister Cathy Rogers announced Friday that the government intends to introduce legislation to this effect, called the Cannabis Education and Awareness Fund Act.
The fund would be administered by the Department of Finance.
Friday’s announcement was short on specifics, but Rogers said the fund would be available to support initiatives aimed at encouraging responsible use of cannabis.
The government announced earlier this week that the legal age for purchasing recreational marijuana will be 19 when the drug becomes legal next July.
The decision went against the advice of doctors concerned about research showing marijuana use can hurt the brains of young people up to the age of 25.
Rogers said a broad range of people would be able to apply for funding under the planned legislation, including academics, non-profit groups and those working in the public sector.
The money for the fund will be at least partially supported by the yet-to-be named Crown corporation the province has created to oversee recreational pot sales in New Brunswick, she said.
Rogers couldn’t give a specific breakdown of the other sources the fund will draw from, but pointed out that the memoranda of understandings signed by cannabis suppliers mandates them to commit two per cent of their gross sales to education and awareness programs.