Cultivation of cannabis: Ottawa doesn’t want to “quibble” with Quebec

Culture de cannabis: Ottawa ne veut pas de «chicane» avec Québec

OTTAWA – The federal government is not there to “start a feud with Quebec” in the folder of the cultivation of cannabis at home, said Friday the federal Health minister, Ginette Petitpas Taylor.

During a brief media scrum at the entrance of the question period, the minister did not want to comment on the intention of the quebec government to ban the practice, arguing that it monitors the progress of bill C-45, currently under consideration in the Senate.

But some of his colleagues, including the minister, Jean-Yves Duclos, were returned Friday to their account the position expressed yesterday by the prime minister, Justin Trudeau, is that federal law, which can grow up to four plants per household, will take precedence.

It is this act, he hammered, that the citizens will have to follow.

The firmness of Ottawa has shocked Quebec, which had begun to make representations to argue that it is in its field of competence to legislate on the issue of the production of cannabis as a recreational home.

The minister responsible for the public Health, Lucie Charlebois, has responded by saying that Justin Trudeau “should respect our skills to us and the choices that derive from and comply with its own Senate, which has undertaken important work on this issue.”

A senate committee has recommended in a report tabled Tuesday to clarify, in the federal bill C-45, that the provinces which want to prohibit the growing of cannabis at home, such as Quebec and Manitoba, can.

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