PEI: Cannabis legislation by next spring

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Courtesy of Lift Magazine

A bill to deal with legal cannabis will be tabled next spring, said PEI Lieutenant Governor Antoinette Perry on Thursday in her first speech from the throne. The throne speech opened the fall session of the PEI legislature.

While no specific details were offered, Perry said the province will be guided by the principles of good public health and safety, and they will review public input and engage with municipalities, police, public health and education experts and businesses.

The province’s approach will focus on taking profits away from the black market, keeping cannabis out of the hands of young Canadians, and following a ‘consistent approach’ across the region.

Ensuring similar rules like age limits with neighbouring provinces and territories will help ensure less cross-border shopping for products, similar to provincial rules for alcohol and tobacco.

In neighbouring Quebec, reports have suggested that the distribution and sale of legal cannabis will be overseen by the Société des alcools du Québec, the provincial liquor board, with an age limit of 18. The province is expected to table legislation Thursday for legalization. 

Nearby, New Brunswick has said they intend to sell cannabis in stand alone stores and have announced some aspects of their expected legislation, like storing cannabis under lock and key, and an age limit of 19. Nova Scotia has said they expect to introduce legislation by the end of the year.

Perry did not give any more information on the date or contents of the legislation. Ontario has introduced their legislation, Bill 174, and Alberta is expected to introduce a bill this week to address legalization. Manitoba recently announced their plans for managing distribution and retail sales

Bill to deal with legal pot on #PEI will be tabled in the spring. Not sure what info, if any, we’ll get on this before then. #peipoli

— Kerry Campbell (@kerrywcampbell) November 14, 2017

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