Quebec public health minister Lucie Charlebois announced Monday that public hearings will be scheduled throughout the province beginning Tuesday and continuing until Sept. 12.
In a statement made public Monday, the government says the hearings will “allow citizens to have their say, hear their opinions on what decisions should be taken and identify the necessary measures to ensure the protection of their health and safety.”
An online forum has also been established to allow those interested to fill out a questionnaire, at encadrementcannabis.gouv.qc.ca.
Apart from hearings in Quebec City and Montreal, public forums have also been scheduled to take place in several regional centres, including Rimouski, Saguenay, Trois-Rivières, Granby and Gatineau.
The hearings come 11 months before the legalization of cannabis is expected to go into effect across Canada on July 1, 2018.