New Canadian pot laws may let provinces choose their own minimum consumption age: Liberal MP

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Courtesy of National Post

TORONTO — Minimum ages for marijuana consumption may vary across Canada when it becomes legal, but authorities will be firmly against drug tourism and cross-border movement of the substance, the Liberal government’s point man on the issue said Wednesday.

The government also wants consistent nationwide impaired-driving laws for marijuana, said Bill Blair, parliamentary secretary to the justice minister, as the country formulates a new drug law ahead of a spring 2017 deadline.

“We would like to see consistency and a consensus across the country on the best way to keep our roadways safe,” Blair, the former Toronto police chief, said at an interview in his Toronto constituency office.

Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian PressBill Blair, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Justice, responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Feb. 26.

He said provinces should have a say, but legalization led by individual regions,