Newfoundland and Labrador will allow weed to be sold in private dispensaries licensed by the province’s liquor board.
The province is the latest to announce its plans for setting up a weed retail market once cannabis becomes legal next summer. The legal age to buy pot there will be 19.
In addition to private dispensaries, weed will be available at select Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation branches where there are no alternatives.
Youth caught with weed will be fined. Under the federal regulations, minors can be caught with up to five grams of weed without facing any charges.
Justice Minister Andrew Parsons cautioned the public that weed sales will be offset by the cost of legalization and regulation.
But, according to the CBC, he noted, “it will be much better that any money generated goes to government rather than the criminals.”
Like Ontario, Newfoundland is going with a strict policy around public consumption, banning it outright. People will only legally be allowed to consume weed at a private residence.
Alberta and Manitoba have also both opted for a private dispensary model while Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick are all going with a government monopoly.
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