Saskatchewan sets legal age for cannabis at 19, bans drug-impaired driving

Saskatchewan sets legal age for cannabis at 19, bans drug-impaired driving
From CTV - March 14, 2018

REGINA -- Saskatchewan is proposing to set the legal age to consume cannabis at 19 but minors caught with a small amount wo not end up with a criminal record.

The government tabled legislation Wednesday outlining its plans once the federal government legalizes marijuana later this year.

Justice Minister Don Morgan said public health and safety was the government's priority when it set the age at 19.

"We decided this kept us in line with what the age for consumption and possession of alcohol was, and that seemed to be the direction that most of the provinces were going," Morgan said.

"It would have been a challenge to use 23 or 25 or a later age. We were afraid that it would make it easier for the black market to be established at the lower ages."

The proposed legislation bans anyone under 19 from possessing marijuana, but getting caught with less than five grams will not result in a criminal record. Rather, Morgan said, the pot would be confiscated and a fine imposed.

"We have to recognize that these are young people and we did not want to be onerous to the point that we imposed a serious criminal record on somebody or something that was disproportionate to the responsibility that a young person should have. It was a balance."

It would be a criminal offence, however, for an older person to supply marijuana to a minor, Morgan said.


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