The Quebec government has launched a legal challenge following a court ruled that it could not prohibit residents from expanding their personal cannabis at property.
The federal government has permitted Canadians to develop up to 4 cannabis plants at property below the Cannabis Act, which came into impact in October 2018. Having said that, Quebec chose in June 2018 to legislate against property cultivation.
Final month, Quebec Superior Court Justice Manon Lavoie ruled Quebec’s provincial law prohibiting Quebecers from expanding cannabis for individual use is unconstitutional. She decided that it infringed upon the jurisdiction of the federal government, which really should have sole duty for legislating on criminal matters.
Julien Fortier, the lawyer who led the challenge, mentioned any person wanting to develop cannabis at property can now do so legally, but the province has decided to appeal the ruling.
Premier Francois Legault told reporters that the Quebec government “will go correct to the limit in the courts to do what we feel is great for Quebecers”.
Manitoba has also overridden federal law and prohibited individuals from expanding their personal cannabis at property, but Quebec seems to be the least liberal province in the nation when it comes to recreational cannabis.
This summer time it decided to defy federal law by banning the sale of chocolate and candy laced with cannabis. Edible sales will be legal across the nation from Oct. 17, 2019, and the 1st solutions are anticipated to hit shelves in December, but the Quebec government does not really feel Wellness Canada’s regulations are suitably robust.
It is also searching for to raise the legal age of cannabis consumption to 21 in the province, which would be the highest legal age in the nation. It has also launched a higher-profile campaign warning Quebecois of the dangers of making use of cannabis and it continues to resist the liberalization observed at a national level.
Quebec has the lowest prevalence of cannabis use in the nation, according to figures from Statistics Canada. The national typical is 16.1% and Nova Scotia leads the way with 24.four%, but use in Quebec stands at just 10.three%.
It has regularly shown it is not afraid to place itself on a collision course with Ottawa, but it could face far more legal challenges in future.