After consulting experts on the production, distribution and sale of recreational marijuana, Quebec is asking the public to weigh in on a range of issues that will guide Canada’s second-largest province in developing MJ legislation to be offered this fall.
From Aug. 21 to Sept. 12, the public is invited to submit feedback by filing a written document or completing an online questionnaire.
Two of the main themes in Quebec’s public consultation include retail and places of use.
In June, a forum of experts concluded that the province should adopt a nonprofit distribution and sales model, and establish a state-run monopoly to oversee sales under the authority of the Ministry of Health and Services.
Other notable conclusions included:
- Prices and taxation should be flexible, taking into account accessibility and the black market.
- The retail of non-medical cannabis and medical cannabis should be separate.
- The market should be open to small producers.
- A mechanism should be developed to monitor the quality and traceability of the Quebec product.
The findings were released in a report on Aug. 10.