Quebec Will Sell Cannabis Through the Liquor Control Board

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The legal minimum age to purchase marijuana in Quebec will be 18 years and the sale of pot will be controlled by the province’s liquor control board, according to CBC News.

Canada’s French province of Quebec will be selling legal marijuana through government-controlled outlets next summer. The number of retail locations has not been determined, but the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) will be overseeing the management of the newly formed system.

Although the minimum age limit in Quebec will be 18 years, and Ontario will be 19, both provinces have decided to mirror the legal drinking age of their respective territories.

Quebec’s Public Health Minister, Lucie Charlebois, will introduce the legislation in the near future with no date for an announcement set at this time.

On Friday, Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux told the media that protecting the youth of Quebec and keeping them away from the black market is their priority. Coiteux also took the opportunity to comment on the significant trepidation the province has on the legalization of cannabis.

“It’s not our decision, it’s the decision of the federal government. It’s not necessarily the decision we would’ve made, but now it’s our responsibility to build the framework,” he said.

Quebec is the third province to release details of what legal cannabis retail will look like in Canada when it becomes available on a national level next July. Ontario has already made an official announcement that cannabis will be sold through government-controlled stores run by the Liquor Control Board (LCBO).

New Brunswick will also be supplying marijuana through a government-controlled system. For the first two years, all cannabis products will be provided by two major licensed producers, Canopy Growth and OrganiGram.

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Jon Hiltz was a journalist for Marijuana.com for two years and is now director of content for INDIVA, a licensed cannabis producer in Ontario Canada.

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  1. And the stupidity multiplies. A perfect storm is brewing, Canada, and YOUR civil liberties (and those of your children) will be on the line. Look for random, zero-justification road stop/checks/searches of your person/your adolescent offspring; listen for more government horse-swill about “the risks of cannabis-intoxicated driving,”; and feel the extraordinary police powers increase by the day as legal weed takes hold! What a divine sense of comedy the universe must have: folks be waiting 95 years for cannabis prohibition to end, and when it comes, you’re way less free than when this entire government-led B.S. blizzard began!!!

    Remember, friends, there was once a time, when illicit MJ was healthier, cheaper, and better for the Canadian economy than legal recreational. But to listen to our overlords talk about it, you’d think they were handing out nitroglycerine to 2-yr olds. Legal MJ is permitted by Health Canada to be sprayed with the following chemical applications: Actinovate; BIOPROTEC CAF; Bioprotec PLUS; Botanigard 22 WP; Botanigard ES; MilStop Foliar Fungicide; Rootshield(R) WP Biological Fungicide; Vegol Crop Oil; Bio-Ceres G WP; Influence LC; Prestop; Sirocco; Agrotek Ascend Vaporized Sulphur; Neudosan Commercial; Opal Insecticidal Soap; Kopa Insecticidal Soap; Rootshield HC Biological Fungicide Wettable Powder. Yummy!

    Lastly: when they tell you they have “evidence” that MJ causes brain damage, remember the studies they’re talking about were not designed to determine causality, which would require a longitudinal design to establish temporal precedence. They’re guessing at the existence of volumetric loss without controlling for even mild alcohol abuse (esp. by teens!).

    Preliminary evidence shows that THC exacerbates, whereas CBD protects from, such harmful effects (see Lorenzetti; Hermann, D. & Schneider, M., 2012). Increasing CBD counts could reduce some of the harmful effects of cannabis, without compromising the effects users seek (The Lancet, Mar.1, 2017). “Daily use of MJ is not associated with brain morphometric measures in adolescents or adults,” Weiland, B.J. et al. 2015, Journal of Neuroscience35(4),pp.1505-1512: There is no association between MJ use and standard volumetric or shape measurements of subcortical structures…Other studies have found equivocal results (Lisdahl et al., 2014; Lorenzetti et al., 2014). MJ use has been associated with both increased (Cousijn et al., 2012) and decreased (Yucel et al., 2008) volumes of such structures, but these studies were not designed to determine causality, which would require a longitudinal design to establish temporal precedence.

    “There were no differences between nonusers and daily users in the specific regions of interest [nucleus accumbens, amygdala, hippocampus, and the cerebellum–areas high in cannabis receptors]. We found no evidence of differences in volumes b/t daily users and nonusers, adults or adolescents; alcohol consumption is associated with volume loss in the brain globally; even modest alcohol abuse may be associated with morphological changes and may represent an important confounding variable in studies on the effects of cannabis. And, “Cannabis use is not associated with structural changes within the brain as a whole or the hippocampus in particular” (Tzilos, G.K. et al., 2005, “Lack of Hippocampal Volume Change in Long-term heavy cannabis users” in American Journal of Addiction #14, pp.64-72).

    But, hey, like I said: grow your own stone, or buy the toxic sludge the feds will be selling (zero edibles! Zero tinctures! Zero medicine!). I guess you have a choice?

  2. You guys in the eastern provinces are so screwed. Only a few growers and government storefronts selling it. No competition means lousy weed. I suppose that’s one way to reduce consumption (the government’s highest goal): just sell crap weed.

    I don’t think BC will be so silly.

    West versus East… same kinds of silliness exists between the coasts in the States as well.

    “Go west young man…” has been the mantra of wisdom for more than a hundred years.

  3. I smell elections , elections , elections! Can the Canadian people actually ever say no! What are our governments thinking? Government want to spend our tax dollars to be able to monopolize a business they have no right in doing. Government is suppose to govern laws and legislations not take control on every multi billion business and fill their own pockets while spending these profits supporting Other multi millionaires that grease them for their compaigns. This has nothing to do with children , it is only about money for them. Trudeaux you opened pandora ‘s box without thinking about the people! We as humans have natural law rights that were established in the 1800 by men and women who sacrificed them selves to make this country a better place and only 5% of our great country called Canada ever practices its God given rights. We give millions in tax dollars for a so called free health care system and everybody knows that the health care system is an embarrassment . Anything the government controls is considered to be a failure with endless corruption from the top !
    Liquor , gambling , electricity, gas, banking and now medical marijuana!?
    I am ashamed to be Canadian and for one will not allow this B.S to happen. It’s time to stand up for our God given rights and make these idiots in power see that we have swallowed enough of their CRAP! Power to the people !!

  4. One thing is sure. Black market product will not disappear; It will just be like it is now…You order online and get an excellent product for a great price.
    This is not true for all online sellers, but there and many great ones and more will come. Unless Canada does something the way their post offices work this legislation will actually make ordering weed online more beneficial and probably safer(?)

  5. I think there should be specialized places that sell marijuana and give the right info concerning the strain. If I want to make my wine no one could tell me how much I can make and how much I can drink and in what I can and cannot transform wine in. Example(grappa) it can reach level of 99% alchol you could die of over doze everyone is making such a big deal about something that can’t kill fucked up! Red bull,monster drinks ect. Wats that all about

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