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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.

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.

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.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez

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