Cannabis laws in Canada continue to get more off base as they move closer to full legalization. The final word on what cannabis legislation will look like in Canada is expected to be revealed in 2018.
Unsurprisingly, British Columbia is set to have the most flexible laws. The province has been hinting that their legislation won’t be as standardized. What is standardized, however, is the push to move all Cannabis sales to government-run establishments only.
Despite this, New Brunswick has just taken ridiculous cannabis laws to a new level.
New Brunswick Cannabis Laws Will Force Users to Treat the Plant like a Gun
New Brunswick’s proposed law states that cannabis users can carry 30 grams of unsealed product. This is actually fairly standard with the rest of the countries proposed legislation. However, once users return home, things take a drastic new turn.
The law will force users to keep their cannabis locked up, similar to how one would a firearm. What this is means is you will be required to store your cannabis in a safe or similar location, all under lock and key.
“For people here in New Brunswick who have guns in their houses, it’s locked,” says Safety Minister Denis Landry. “It’s their responsibility. This will be the same thing.”
How exactly they plan to enforce this has been vague. Furthermore, A big concern for many is the legal backdoor this could open for small busts. Additionally, if they plan to enforce this by doing inspections, this opens the door to scams.
New Brunswick health minister, Benoît Bourque, says that the proposed cannabis laws aren’t for enforcement purposes, but a guideline instead.
“It creates awareness,” states Bourque, “and just awareness in itself is a good step forward for people to understand we are serious about keeping children and youth safe and having those products out of their hands.”
As Canada moves closer to cannabis legalization, it’s becoming more and more evident that this will not be what advocates had envisioned. Thus, when the plant is finally legalized in 2018, it may be met with more boos than cheers.