Quebec calls for one year delay on legal marijuana

The Quebec government moved to harsh Ottawa’s buzz on Wednesday, asking that the federal government postpone its marijuana legalization plan by a year.

A motion introduced by the Coalition Avenir Quebec and supported by the Liberals and the PQ called for the date of legalization to be moved to July 1, 2019.

“We're asking for a delay of one year. Right now, we're not ready. We're not ready for such an important change in our society,” said CAQ leader Francois Legault.

 

Quebec Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois reiterated her stance that the federal legalization bill, which was introduced in April, is forcing the provinces to move too fast.

On Tuesday, she told the media that provinces been given little time to answer questions about cannabis’ distribution and sale, as well as policies regarding public awareness, public health costs and retraining police.

Charlebois said the question of whether...

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