Manitoba released information on the next steps for cannabis legalization.
It looks like Manitoba legislation is moving the regulations surrounding cannabis. On Tuesday, during Safe and Responsible Retailing of Cannabis Act news conference, they detailed the plans for cannabis.
Manitobans will have to be at least 19 years of age to legally purchase and possess cannabis. The maximum amount of possession will be 30 grams per person. The minimum age will be part of a new bill that will be introduced at the Manitoba Legislative Building.
There Will Be Rules In Place
This bill will also include several other rules to the cannabis system. It will be an offence to sell marijuana to underage users. Also, it will be an offence for anyone under the age of 19 to possess marijuana.
If you are selling marijuana without a license or selling cannabis from an unlicensed producer it could cost up to $100,000 or a year in jail. Corporations will face $500,00 in fees if found guilty.
The biggest surprise for cannabis patients is that you will be able to purchase in store but not have your own homegrown supply.
Licensed retailers will be able to sell their product and retail online. Online pot shoppers will have to prove age prior to purchasing and sign for their deliveries, and whoever signs for the package will have to be 19 or older. In addition, providing fake ID’s to underage teens will be illegal.
The federal governments Cannabis Act, which has not passed, would set the age limit to 18. However, the provincial and territorial governments are free to make a change. The majority of provinces thus far have matched legal cannabis age to the legal drinking age. Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, have chosen 19 as the legal age limit while Quebec and Alberta plan to set their legal age for cannabis at 18.
Manitoba Legislation and Taxes
On the other hand, the federal government will give provinces and territories a bigger share of the revenue of federal tax. The government states that money will be devoted to maintaining municipalities.
Bill VanderGraaf, a retired Winnipeg police staff sergeant, criticized the province for not allowing people to grow cannabis at home. It is just a tax grab.
“I think what we’re losing here again is another freedom based upon government’s assertion that they will control the cannabis industry, and that no one else will have a foot in the door so that they can collect the taxes.”
Some political and personal views see a positive outcome. If it makes the police officers jobs easier than cannabis should be controlled. Although the government is gonna see revenue out of this, they see it as protecting the province.
It’s Not Over For Manitoba Legislation
via Winnipeg Sun
The discussions have been taking place in preparation for a meeting of federal, provincial and territorial finance ministers Dec. 10-11.
The legislation doesn’t address medical cannabis use in any way, nor does it cover edible cannabis products. However, the government is hoping to set rules in place within a year of cannabis legalization.
Essentially, the government needs to have more clarity on the rules. Municipalities will have until 2022 to decide if they want to hold referendums on whether to ban pot. Provincially and Territorially there are only 6 more months to decide on a plan of action for cannabis law.