Lib­er­als clap back at CAQ cannabis law

Sherbrooke Record - - FRONT PAGE - Record Staff

Fol­low­ing the de­po­si­tion of the CAQ gov­ern­ment’s new cannabis con­trol laws (Bill 2), the Que­bec Lib­eral Party has re­sponded by say­ing the law goes against ex­pert rec­om­men­da­tions and does not take into ac­count the pro­tec­tion of young peo­ple aged 18 to 21.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent press re­lease, the Que­bec Pub­lic Health As­so­ci­a­tion has been protest­ing against the CAQ pro­ject, as in­creas­ing the age to 21 will not pro­tect young peo­ple who will be de­prived of ac­cess to con­trolled low-thc prod­ucts. .

The Na­tional As­sem­bly's law 157 to reg­u­late cannabis is based on a bal­anced ap­proach that fol­lowed nu­mer­ous con­sul­ta­tions and stud­ies and a ma­jor­ity of ex­perts, in­clud­ing the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Pub­lic Health and sev­eral di­rec­torates of pub­lic health, and with a view to pro­tect­ing health and safety, that the modal­i­ties, in­clud­ing the le­gal age, have been es­tab­lished.

"The re­al­ity is that there are young peo­ple un­der 21 who use cannabis. In seek­ing to in­crease the le­gal age, the gov­ern­ment of François Le­gault is act­ing ir­re­spon­si­bly on an is­sue that is any­thing but triv­ial. This ori­en­ta­tion will force adults aged 18 to 20 to turn to or­ga­nized crime. The gov­ern­ment must stop turn­ing a deaf ear to the ex­perts." said An­dré Fortin, Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion Critic for Health, Pub­lic Health and Vi­tal­ity of the Re­gions.

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