Judge rules that Quebec's ban on home growing is illegal
Cannabis is legal across Canada these days, but while most of the provinces up in America’s neighbor to the north are welcoming the business, Quebec is a holdout — the traditionally more conservative province is battling to keep home growing from becoming legal in that area. A judge in Quebec has ruled against the ban, however, saying that the ban is unconstitutional. The details on why the decision was made this way are light, unfortunately, but it sounds like the judge said that the ban amounts to what is called criminal legislation (or laws that affect what’s a crime and what’s not) and under Canada’s rules, that is the jurisdiction of the federal government, rather than any provincial governments. In other words, Quebec, according to this judge, doesn’t have the right to make something a crime if the federal government has said that it is not. Thus, home growing is legal.
But before you get out your lights and buy lots of plant food, of course that’s a pretty legislative argument, and might not necessarily be the final word. The government will likely appeal the ruling, and Quebec is still fighting to get the legal minimum age for cannabis raised from 19 to 21. Hopefully, both sides here will come to an agreement that makes everyone happy, and those who want access to cannabis in Quebec can get it, while still allowing the province to set rules that make sense for its culture and government.