Article by Mike O, Cannabis Life Network
What the heck is going on in Quebec? Just a couple weeks ago, Quebec was tied with Alberta for the lowest legal age to buy cannabis in Canada at 18 years old, compared to all the other provinces and territories that went with 19.
But Quebec has now pulled a 180, going in the complete opposite direction to have the highest legal age in the country- 21 years old!
There was a provincial election, and the incumbent Quebec Liberal Party, which was making all the cannabis rules up to that point, lost to the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ). CAQ, for the Anglophones out there, stands for “Coalition for Quebec’s Future” and when it won the Oct. 1st election, it was the first time in over 50 years that a party other than the Quebec Liberals or Parti Quebecois won!
Quebec’s new premier is CAQ leader Francois Legault, and one of his many campaign promises was to severely restrict cannabis, and not only did he promise to raise the legal age, he wants to ban public consumption, although the likelihood that all these laws will be in place by the Oct. 17 legalization date is very slim.
But these are just further restrictions on what was already shaping up to be a tightly controlled cannabis market, as Quebec is also going with the government-monopoly retail model and banning home cultivation.