Talk of legalizing marijuana worries Quebec's political class

The new federal government's promise to legalize marijuana is raising concerns among Quebec's political class.

Couillard government wants to see a detailed plan from incoming Liberal government

Quebec Public Security Minister Lise Thériault says she's concerned about the possibility of marijuana being legalized. (Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)

The new federal government's promise to legalize marijuana is raising concerns among Quebec's political class.

Some cabinet ministers didn't hide their discomfort when asked today about the prospect of legalized pot in the near future.

While it hasn't rejected the idea outright, the Couillard government says it wants to see a detailed plan from the new Liberal government in Ottawa.

Public Security Minister Lise Thériault says questions of public safety are paramount and must prevail and that many parents share that same concern.

Justin Trudeau's Liberals have promised to legalize cannabis by selling and taxing it much like alcohol, but they haven't said how quickly that might happen.

They argue legalization means the drug will be less accessible to minors and will snuff out the ability of criminal groups to profit from the pot trade.

But Parti Québécois member Jean-François Lisée says legalization is long overdue, given that some U.S. states have already brought in the measure.


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