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No homegrown pot in Manitoba

By Portage Daily Graphic, Portage Daily Graphic

Thinking of growing a stash of your own? Think again.

Manitoba’s Minister of Education and Training and Portage MLA, Ian Wishart, reiterated the Manitoba government’s no tolerance position regarding the home cultivation of cannabis, as well as the importance of protecting public health and safety as cannabis is legalized.

“Manitoba’s proposed legislation is designed to help keep cannabis out of the hands of our youth and away from the black market,” says Wishart. “Manitoba is seeking respect for provincial choices as we advance responsible measures to respond to cannabis legalization. We are also eager to see a commitment of broader federal resources to ensure robust measures are in place to protect public health and safety.”

The federal government introduced a partial prohibition by placing conditions on the home cultivation of cannabis, but Wishart emphasizes the Manitoba government should have the power to set more restrictive conditions. Manitoba has chosen to set the limit at zero plants, effectively prohibiting all cultivation of cannabis in the home. The province believes that this rule is consistent with the objectives outlined by Bill C-45, which prohibits the home cultivation of more than four cannabis plants for personal consumption and leaves it to provinces to set a lower limit.

Minister Wishart also reiterated that provinces will be undertaking the majority of work associated with the federal decision to legalize cannabis and underlined the need for broader resources and financial support from the feds. Manitoba is seeking a commitment from the federal government for ongoing resources for drug-impaired driving enforcement and timely implementation of an effective seed to sale tracking system.

The minister also highlighted the importance of ongoing information sharing from the federal government, and the implementation of immediate, comprehensive public education and awareness programs.

The initial legalization of cannabis was planned for July 1, 2018, but it’s looking like it could be delayed until mid-September when the House of Commons returns from summer break.

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