Dispute Erupts Between Quebec and Ottawa Over Personal Cultivation of Pot Plants

Marijuana plants seized by the RCMP in 2014.(File image via RCMP)
Marijuana plants seized by the RCMP in 2014.(File image via RCMP)

QUEBEC — Ottawa’s plan to legalize marijuana is causing a rift with Quebec over who is legally allowed to set the rules.

Quebec Government House Leader Jean-Marc Fournier said today the province will not let Ottawa dictate how cannabis is controlled and distributed on its territory.

Canada’s marijuana legalization bill allows Canadians the right to grow up to four cannabis plants at home.

Quebec’s legislation bans all personal marijuana cultivation.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will legalize pot by the summer with each province creating its own legislative framework for how the substance is controlled on its territory.

Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said Wednesday the federal rules around marijuana will take precedence over provincial law.

Fournier says he is ready to take the federal government to court to defend what he sees as his province’s right to restrict personal marijuana cultivation.

The Canadian Press

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