Article by Lift News
Quebec’s Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection and Public Health, Lucie Charlebois, says that she thinks allowing homegrown cannabis will mean people will be stoned all day, every day, that kids will eat cannabis plants, and that she has been told there is fentanyl in black market cannabis.
The statements took place on Tout le Monde en Parle, a talk show with guests from different walks of life discussing politics, art and life. Later on in the show, the guests toasted with large glasses of red wine.
Charlebois tabled Bill 157 last Thursday, which would allow cannabis to be sold through the province’s liquor board by the Société Québécoise du cannabis, with plans for 15 stores by July 2018, as well as online sales.
The bill seeks to ban home growing unless authorized by Health Canada for medical use, and proposes to limit Quebecers to 150 grams of dried cannabis in their own homes. The bill also leaves open the possibility for the Minister to implement a pilot project on the retail sale of cannabis.
On Tout le Monde en Parle, in response to a question from the host Guy A Lepage about Quebecers being able to grow their own cannabis similar to how they can make their own wine, the Minister said that letting adults grow even four plants at home would mean they could be stoned all the time and would still have a lot left over. She also said kids will eat the cannabis plants.
Lepage: “We have our own house wine, will we be able to have our own homegrown cannabis?
Charlebois: “No, that’s not in the bill. The population has asked us to start more rigorously, frame it more severely (legalization). Let me explain why: I do not grow cannabis, but my neighbour grows it. If my grandchildren go to my neighbour’s house and inadvertently get into the marijuana plants and eat them, that’s not good. It is not good that it is near homes where there are children. Moreover, I was told during public consultations that with four good cannabis plants, for two people at home, you can be stoned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And do you know what? You’ll still have some left.”