Interim Report on New Brunswick Recreational Cannabis
Canada’s recreational cannabis legalization is planned for a rollout in July 2018, but provinces and territories are in charge of drafting and establishing jurisdiction-specific rules, so they’ve been working hard to create rules that fall within the country’s legalization framework.
As a sign of its progress, on June 21, 2017, the New Brunswick Working Group on the Legalization of Cannabis released its interim report on a potential recreational cannabis retail model for the province. The group is made up of officials from the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation, Opportunities NB and the departments of Justice and Public Safety.
“Your government is working to ensure a successful approach to the legalization of recreational cannabis by prioritizing public health and safety concerns while maximizing the economic opportunities presented by this emerging sector,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau in a press release. “We thank the working group on the legalization of cannabis for its work in developing the interim report and providing these proposals and ideas for consideration.”
Recommendations for New Brunswick Recreational Cannabis
The New Brunswick Working Group on the Legalization of Cannabis drafted its interim report based up research and feedback from stakeholders, government departments and government agencies.
The report’s main recommendations include the following:
- create a Crown corporation, a corporation owned by the province, to regulate and sell recreational cannabis;
- establish 19 as the legal age to purchase, possess and consume cannabis;
- make 30 grams the maximum amount an individual can possess; and
- identify strategies for harm and risk reduction.
Using its interim report to prompt input from provincial residents, the New Brunswick Working Group on the Legalization of Cannabis will host public consultations during the summer to get feedback on how to proceed and then the group expects to have its final report ready in September.
According to the government press release, New Brunswick should introduce its recreational cannabis legislation sometime in fall 2017.