- Bill 2 also increased municipal powers to ban public cannabis smoking and vaping.
- Analyst Chris Damas estimated the age change will reduce legal REC sales by roughly 10%, or $20M.
- The bill was assailed by researchers, analysts, public health professionals, and the REC industry.
Twitter—Rebecca Haines-Saah and Steve Rolles, La Presse—In French, NewsWire
Québec Solidaire party leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois accused the CAQ of “acting like a doddering old uncle [‘un vieux mononcle’] who believes he knows better than young people do what’s best for them.”
Journal de Montreal—In French, My Translation
- Health minister Lionel Carmant said the law is scheduled to be reviewed in the future.
When the CAQ government tabled the bill this winter, I noted in a Leafly article that then-MP François Legault said during the 2018 election, “Young people from 18 to 21 will go on the black market to buy cannabis, but I don’t want, as premier of Quebec, to send the signal that it’s normal to consume cannabis below the age of 21.”
- Health minister Lionel Carmant argued raising the age to 21 will protect those younger than 18 from accessing cannabis.
La Presse—In French
- Quebeckers may still buy tobacco and alcohol at 18.
- Toronto got its first Cannabis Wedding Expo.