Quebec to Begin Consultations Before Tabling Marijuana Legislation This Fall

The Quebec government is calling on international experts to help it get ready when federal legislation legalizing the sale of recreation marijuana comes into force in one year's time.

Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois announced Monday the province will begin a series of consultations in the coming weeks as it prepares to introduce its own legislation this fall.

The process will begin with a forum of national and international experts in Montreal on June 19-20.

"We're going to have people where it's already legalized, so we're going to have a lot of points of view," she told a news conference.

Charlebois said regional consultations will follow from late August until mid-September.

Anyone who wants to add comments will be allowed to do so via the Internet.

"We don't have any choice — we've got to be ready," she said, adding that if Quebec is not prepared, people from elsewhere will move...

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