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Quebec will soon have highest legal age for cannabis consumption in Canada

Young adults in Quebec who have become accustomed to visiting the province’s legal retail stores for their cannabis will soon no longer be allowed to do so.

Until now, the legal age to purchase marijuana in Quebec was 18 but as of January 1, 2020, Quebecers will have to wait until they turn 21. The new law makes Quebec the province with the highest legal age for cannabis consumption. The legal age for consumption across most of Canada is 19 with the exception of Alberta which has a legal age of 18.  


Home growers take on corporate cannabis in Canada

In October 2018, Canada legalized cannabis for adult use nationwide. Under Canada’s Cannabis Act, adults are allowed to cultivate up to four cannabis plants per household, either indoors or outdoors. Now, almost a year into legalization, more Canadians are taking advantage of this freedom — and are pushing to expand it. 

Take, for example, a nursery in the small town of Petitcodiac, New Brunswick that decided to hold a workshop on home cannabis cultivation last week. They were overwhelmed by the turnout and had to find a bigger venue at the last minute.


Quebec Superior Court overturns province's ban on homegrown cannabis

Quebec Superior Court Judge Manon Lavoie overturned the province’s ban on homegrown cannabis on Tuesday, meaning that Quebecers are now free to cultivate cannabis at home without facing legal repercussions.

In June 2018, the provincial government passed Quebec’s cannabis law, which included provisions banning the cultivation of cannabis at home.

However, Lavoie ruled that these provisions are unconstitutional as they infringe upon the jurisdiction of the federal government, which has sole responsibility for legislating on criminal matters.

As a result, homegrown cannabis in Quebec is now regulated by Canadian law, which allows citizens to grow up to four cannabis plants.


Quebec taking harsh line on cannabis edibles

Quebec’s draft regulations for edible cannabis are stricter than the federal rules and reflect a “prohibitionist-minded” Quebec government, says Trina Fraser, partner at Brazeau Seller LLP and counsel for the cannabis industry association Cannabis Council of Canada.

On July 24, the Quebec government published draft regulations on the cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals to be sold by the Société Québécoise du cannabis, the province’s pot-dealer. Quebec is the only province in Canada that is creating their own edible cannabis regulations, as everyone else will follow federal guidelines, says Fraser.

The Quebec government is prioritizing safety and the prevention of cannabis use by minors ahead of displacing the illicit market, says Fraser.


Quebec to ban sweet pot edibles ahead of next legalization phase

Quebecers hoping to buy cannabis chocolates, jujubes and other sweets after they become legal in Canada will be out of luck as the provincial government has decided to ban their sale.

Judging the measures planned by Ottawa to regulate the upcoming legalization of cannabis edible sales insufficient, Quebec unveiled its more stringent rules Wednesday.

The province announced it would ban the sale of cannabis candies, confections, desserts -- including chocolate -- and "any other product that is attractive to minors."


Quebec and B.C. top country's weed sales in May

Recreational weed sales in Canada enjoyed a significant boost in May — up 14 per cent — according to data from Statistics Canada.

“Sales improved to $85 million in May, up from $74 million in April and $60 million in March,” Marijuana Business Daily reports. British Columbia recorded the biggest sales growth in May with a 37 per cent increase thanks to improved access via the opening of a number of new dispensaries.


Quebec cannabis consumption age will stay 18 into autumn

Young tokers in Quebec will get to go on toking — at least for the summer months.


Quebec cannabis sales totalled $71 million in first year

Quebec's provincially operated cannabis shops made $71 million in sales in their first year and sold the most cannabis in the country in terms of dollars and volume, but they still posted a $4.9-million loss to be covered by the provincial government.

The provincial cannabis corporation -- known as the SQDC -- said in a statement that the provincial government revenues from consumption and excise taxes totalled about $21.7 million between June 12, 2018 and March 30.

The first stores in the Quebec network opened on Oct. 17, the day recreational marijuana became legal in the country.

However, the stores had to reduce opening hours, plagued by supply challenges faced by all provinces no matter what business model they were employing.


Should teens ditch the dutchie? A new study suggests yes

A new study by the Université of Montréal shows that cannabis can harm teenage cognitive development.

During a convention run by the Canadian Association of Neuroscience in Toronto from May 22 to 25, Dr. Patricia Conrod and her colleagues presented their findings from a four-year-long study on the alcohol and cannabis use of 4,000 teens in Montreal high schools.

Their results concluded that the more teens increased their cannabis use, the more their cognitive abilities were negatively affected. Cognitive abilities affected included problem-solving, logic, work memory, and inhibitory control.

According to Conrod, the latter two abilities “…are very important functions involved in decision making in adults, in self-control and in control of behaviour.”


Montreal hospital reports more children being admitted for cannabis intoxication

Healthcare workers in Montreal have expressed concerns over an increase in hospital visits by children with cannabis intoxication since marijuana was legalized in October. The Montreal Children’s Hospital reported that 26 children were brought to the hospital since legalization. Nine of those children were under the age of 7.

The trauma director for the Children’s Hospital Debbie Friedman said that the increase in visits is significant compared to visits that occurred before legalization took place.

“[The number of cases] has gone from one every three to four years to nine within a very short period of time. So this certainly is alarming to us,” Friedman told CTV.


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