Analysis: Manitoba Tories leave common sense out of cannabis legislation – Winnipeg Free Press

Governments in Canada have been playing politics with marijuana for some time now. The promise to legalize cannabis helped Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his federal Liberals achieve a majority government in 2015, and now provincial governments across the country are coming to grips with legalization according to their own political principles.

Some provincial governments (Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick) are creating Crown corporations to be the new, legal marijuana dealers. Others (Manitoba, Alberta, Newfoundland) are letting the private sector run the stores. British Columbia just announced a retail solution that will include both the public and private sectors.

The governments of Quebec and Alberta will let citizens access weed at the age of 18, while Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, B.C., and now Manitoba are opting for 19.

The difference is, Manitoba’s age of majority for cannabis is one year older than the age of majority for alcohol — unlike any other province that has unveiled its cannabis plans so far.

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Governments in Canada have been playing politics with marijuana for some time now. The promise to legalize cannabis helped Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his federal Liberals achieve a majority government in 2015, and now provincial governments across the country are coming to grips with legalization according to their own political principles.

Some provincial governments

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