Nov 15, 2017
By Michael Kramer
The Quebec government has asked the federal government again – to push back the marijuana legalization deadline by one year.
The request comes one day before the province tables its own cannabis bill.
Ottawa has promised that marijuana will be legal across Canada by July 1, 2018 – and has left it to the provinces to create their own legal framework – on how the law would be enforced in their area.
Quebec Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois says more time is needed – to figure out how tax revenues will be divided between Ottawa and the provinces.
Charlebois and Finance Minister Carlos Leitao told reporters today that Quebec rejected Ottawa’s offer to split the marijuana excise tax 50-50 between the federal government and the provinces.
Quebec asked Ottawa last June to delay the implementation of the marijuana law.
The Charlebois bill is to be tabled in the legislature Thursday – and is expected to create a provincially owned corporation – the Societe quebecoise du cannabis – that will control and sell marijuana in the province.