GATINEAU, QUEBEC IS PUSHING FOR CITY CONTROL OVER MARIJUANA
- January 26, 2019
As our country continues to debate over the legalization of marijuana, we have to take a look at our neighbor to the north and admire their confidence in the face of many problems. Since it first legalized the drug in October 2018, Canada has maintained a firm grip on the distribution and regulation of this little green plant (despite the current problem with the product supply). At this time, each province has the right to establish specific laws to control marijuana sales (including, most importantly, the legal age for buyers). However, at this time, officials in one city are striving to convince the provincial government of Quebec to allow each city to set up local laws for pot. Let’s take a closer look at the endeavors of Ville de Gatineau, Quebec.
Possible Changes for Quebec
At this time the City of Ville de Gatineau (or Gatineau, for short) in Quebec is working with municipalities to convince the Quebec government to permit cities to set rules for public cannabis smoking. Back in December 2018, the Coalition Avenir Québec already produced a law that raised the legal age (for marijuana consumption) from 18 years to 21 years and completely prohibit the smoking of this drug in public locations. However, Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin explained how he has conversed with Mayor Valérie Plante (Montreal) about allowing for more freedoms in the city governments.
Adaption of Communities
Ultimately, Mayor Pedneaud-Jobin has revealed how many Quebec cities have a multitude of people and should have the freedom to manage these large groups (a smaller network within the province). For example, for Mayor Pedneaud-Jobin, Ontario is situated next door, across the Ottawa River.
Nevertheless, Mathieu Lacombe (CAQ MNA of Papineau) has explained that the Quebec government is seeking to control all points of access to prevent public health emergencies spawning from the drug. As he explains further, allowing cities to control marijuana laws would make the situation far more complicated. Above all else, Quebec seeks consistency and organization.
Seeking Treatment for Marijuana Use Disorder
Even though this plant can still be used as an alternative medication for patients suffering from chronic pain and terrible diseases, marijuana is still a drug with a high potential for abuse and addiction. Although this form of addiction might be uncommon, you have to keep in mind that (by means of experimentation) you can end up falling into this percentage of pot addicts. If you are trying to beat marijuana abuse or have a friend or family member who is coping with this terrible problem, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process detox and withdrawal and guide you through each step of rehabilitation to help you separate yourself from these substances.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can kick your marijuana use to the curb.