Quebec Backpedals on Plan to Ban Public Cannabis Smoking

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Montreal Quebec backpedals on plan to ban public cannabis smoking Social Sharing Facebook Twitter Email Reddit LinkedIn Province still raising age of consumption from 18 to 21 with Bill 2 CBC News Government backtracks on plan to ban public cannabis smoking, but will still up the age limit when it comes to buying and consuming it. (Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press)

The Quebec government is backing away from its plan to ban cannabis users from lighting up in parks and other public spaces, Radio-Canada has learned.

Premier François Legault originally vowed to tighten restrictions on cannabis sales and consumption, making the proposed changes a part of his original election platform.

But the province is planning to amend Bill 2 today after concluding a ban on public consumption wouldn’t be enforceable.

Lionel Carmant, Quebec’s junior health minister, has reworked the bill to give more leeway to municipalities when it comes to adopting and enforcing their own rules.

Carmant declined to comment Tuesday, saying more will be revealed during the upcoming study and debate of the legislation.

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante was among those who opposed the government’s plan to further restrict cannabis use in public.

She told a parliamentary committee last February that the restrictions included in the original bill “pose significant difficulties for Montreal.”

On Tuesday, she congratulated the province for making the change.

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