Lead­ers want le­gal cannabis age above 18

The Daily Courier - - KELOWNA -

VAN­COU­VER — The lead­ers of Bri­tish Columbia’s two main po­lit­i­cal par­ties agree that 18 is too young for peo­ple to be al­lowed to pur­chase mar­i­juana un­der plans by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to le­gal­ize the drug.

Lib­eral Leader Christy Clark says her top pri­or­ity is keep­ing cannabis out of the hands of mi­nors, so she would lift the limit to “at least” 19, the same age when its le­gal to pur­chase al­co­hol in B.C.

The NDP’s John Hor­gan says he would con­sult on how best to roll out the new in­dus­try, but it’s his opin­ion that if you’re al­lowed to crack a beer at 19, you should be al­lowed to light a joint, too.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion that would le­gal­ize pot on July 1, 2018, giv­ing prov­inces time to come up with sales and dis­tri­bu­tion regimes and de­cide whether to raise the age limit from 18.

Mean­while, Green Leader An­drew Weaver says he’s trou­bled by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s plan be­cause it favours large li­censed pro­duc­ers and B.C. needs to foster a strong “craft cannabis” sec­tor.

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