Provincial Government Responds to Pot Legalization Bill #nlpoli

Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General, Andrew Parsons, says that the Provincial Government is committed to working with the Federal Government to implement cannabis legislation.

Parsons says, “Our next step is to engage in public consultations and work with stakeholders to look at all aspects of legalization including distribution, regulation and potential economic benefits to the province. Those consultations are expected to begin in the very near future."

On Thursday, the federal government tabled legislation to legalize cannabis.

If passed, the law would permit people to possess up to 30 grams of dried or fresh cannabis, pending they are at least 18 years old. Provinces may set a higher legal age.

Consumers can grow four plants.

Dried and fresh cannabis and cannabis oil will be available first.

If found with more marijuana then legally allowed, a ticket will be issued. Those selling marijuana without a license could also face up to 14 years in jail.

Anyone caught selling pot to a minor could also face up to 14 years in jail.

There are still no details on how marijuana will be priced or taxed.

The goal is to make pot legal by July 1, 2018.

Marijuana was criminalized in Canada in 1923.