Quebec will raise legal age for cannabis consumption to 21
Quebec's government has passed a law that will raise the legal age for cannabis consumption from 18 to 21.
Lionel Carmant, Quebec's junior Health Minister tabled the bill. He has expressed concerns about the effect marijuana could have on young, developing brains.
quebec changed the legal age to buy weed from 18 to 21 literally the only thing i was excited about when turning 18 was being able to buy weed and they’re changing that 26 fucking days before my birthday— 𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐝 is seeing wallows!! (@ruelvinyl) October 29, 2019
The decision has been widely-criticized already. Quebec's association of public health said that the bill was not based on science, and was more populist than practical.
As of January 1, you will have to be 21 to smoke pot in Quebec.— Nora Loreto (@NoLore) October 29, 2019
This is insane though i bet it will be a decision the CAQ comes to regret. https://t.co/BCgzs1ijav
The Quebec Cannabis Industry warned that the law will funnel youth to the black market to get their weed.
Although Quebec has the lowest drinking age in the country at 18 (along with Alberta and Quebec), the province has been strict on marijuana. The provincial government also tried and failed to implement a law that would ban homegrown cannabis.
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