Quebec

Fri
07
Dec

After cannabis, Quebec lawmakers considering raising drinking age

Quebec’s center-right Coalition Avenir Québec party surged to its first ever majority government in this year’s provincial election. And one of CAQ’s first orders of business was to follow through on its campaign promise to increase the legal age minimum for buying, possessing and using cannabis in Quebec. Yesterday, the CAQ government introduced a bill to both raise the age of majority for cannabis to 21 and prohibit all public cannabis consumption.

Thu
06
Dec

Canada: New bill would raise minimum age for cannabis to 21, ban pot in all public places

Quebecers between the ages of 18 and 21 who are currently enjoying legal cannabis shouldn’t get too used to the buzz. On Wednesday, the provincial government tabled a new bill that will increase the minimum wage to buy and use legal pot products.

The bill would also ban cannabis products from all public places in the province, including parks and playgrounds. Several of Montreal's boroughs have already moved to ban pot smoking from public spaces, as has the City of Hampstead. 

Fri
30
Nov

Quebec pulls video that may contravene cannabis advertising law

Quebec’s cannabis retailer on Thursday pulled the plug at least temporarily on a video visible by people walking by its stores that outlined the effects of marijuana using words such as calming, relaxing, energizing and euphoric.

The video was being shown on display screens set up in such a way that they could be seen from outside at all 12 Société québécoise du cannabis stores across the province.

Mon
29
Oct

Quebec cannabis stores to close 3 days a week due to chronic shortages

New hours reflect problems keeping stock since pot became legal for recreational use.

Quebec's government-run cannabis stores have announced that as of Monday their opening hours will be trimmed due to the chronic shortages the shops have experienced since marijuana became legal. The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) outlets will no longer be open Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

Montreal stores sold out of stock by noon at least two days this week. Of the 12 cannabis stores in Quebec, three of them are in Montreal. The SQDC said in a release that the new hours will be in effect until the "availability of products is stabilized."

Fri
26
Oct

Quebec plans to raise legal cannabis consumption age to 21

Despite the national age minimum for legal cannabis, 18-year-old Québécois will have to wait until they are 21 to consume.

In the past week, Canadians in every province across the country have celebrated the historic change in law and culture. They’ve waited patiently for their dank deliveries. Then, they unwrapped layers of excessive, mandatory packaging.

The old and the young—as long as they were of legal drinking age in some of the provinces, age 18—could join the bud bandwagon. But in the province of Quebec, the laws regarding legal age of cannabis consumption will soon change to 21.

Mon
15
Oct

Canada: Trudeau says Quebec cannabis plan leaves opening for organized crime

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested Saturday morning the incoming Quebec government’s plan to raise the legal age for smoking cannabis to 21 could leave an opening for organized crime. Speaking to reporters on the last day of a trip to Armenia, Trudeau said increasing the legal age could undermine one of the federal law’s key aims — eliminating the black market.

“If we eliminate the segment of the population between 18 to 19 and 21 years, which is a population often in university, often in areas where they’ll try to consume, we’re keeping an important segment of potential consumers for the black market,” he told reporters in Yerevan.

Mon
15
Oct

Canada: Cannabis paraphernalia to take a modern twist after legalization, say experts

Francois Ricard’s run of poking fun at the prime minister about Canada’s impending legalization of recreational cannabis may soon come to an end in Quebec even if it thrives in the rest of the country. His Just-in Canada line of products depicting Justin Trudeau riding a giant joint or flying high above Parliament Hill will be outlawed on Oct. 17 according to a new provincial law that prevents retailers from selling any items that include the cannabis leaf. “At this point my only option in Quebec is to hide the joint or the leaf image and put ‘censored’ over it,” he said in an interview.

Thu
04
Oct

Canada: Quebec may have just voted in tighter restrictions on cannabis

After Monday night’s election, it was announced that François Legault of The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) would be Quebec’s new premier, writes Brandon Hicks.

By electing the right-wing CAQ into a majority government, Quebecers have voted to usher in a new era for the province, and consequently we can expect major policy changes within the next few years.

Thu
20
Sep

Quebec to crack down on black market with cannabis police force

A 54-person police squad will be working to squash any remnants of the black market in Quebec once cannabis becomes legal next month, writes Calvin Hughes.

Tue
18
Sep

Canada: Quebec retailers will not be allowed to sell anything decorated with a cannabis leaf

Cannabis will be legal in Quebec next month, but the image of the cannabis leaf will remain prohibited in the Canadian province, writes Calvin Hughes.

Earlier this week, the provincial government announced plans to make Canada's already restrictive cannabis packaging regulations even more so.

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