Quebec increased the age for cannabis possession and consumption from 18 to 21 as the new year and decade dawned. The province also legalized a limited selection of REC beverages on Wednesday. (Sweetened edibles and beverages are banned in Quebec.) Those aged 18 to 21 who bought REC legally before the age increase are now subject to laws banning them from possessing/consuming.
CBC Montreal, Montreal Gazette
- The age increase contradicts the advice of a variety of public health and psychological professionals, who warned it will prompt young people to buy unregulated products of uncertain potency.
- Quebec is now the only province to have an age of cannabis consumption greater than 19. (Quebec’s age to purchase tobacco and alcohol remains 18.) Citing this disparity, the Quebec Bar Association predicted a constitutional challenge related to age discrimination.