The Act to tighten the regulation of cannabis passed on November 1st, 2019. That Act amends the Cannabis Regulation Act. From now on, it is now forbidden to smoke or vape cannabis in any public place, whether indoor or outdoor. As of January 1st, 2020, the minimum legal age to possess or purchase cannabis and to be admitted to the premises of the Société québécoise du cannabis, among other things, will be raised to 21 years of age.
The Act to constitute the Société québécoise du cannabis, to enact the Cannabis Regulation Act and to amend various highway safety-related provisions was passed by the National Assembly on June 12, 2018. The possession and use of cannabis does remain illegal in Québec until the act takes effect.
Cannabis is a natural drug that is not harmless. Using cannabis can affect your health. It can be dangerous and have consequences.
The bill to regulate cannabis use puts the health and safety of the population first. The proposed measures aim to curb the risks and harmful effects of cannabis use and keep the substance from being trivialized, especially among teenagers and young adults.
Public consultations on the regulation of cannabis took place from August 21 to September 12, 2017. Thank you to the many people who shared their opinions.