Clark, Hor­gan agree: Age 18 too young to buy le­gal­ized mar­i­juana

Times Colonist - - The Cap­i­tal and Van­cou­ver island -

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.

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

The NDP’s John Hor­gan said 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 said 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.

The three main lead­ers were asked about their plans for le­gal­iza­tion dur­ing a ra­dio de­bate in Van­cou­ver that coin­ci­den­tally fell on 4-20, the an­nual weed cel­e­bra­tion and protest day.

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