Quebec's Marijuana Bill Concerns Indigenous Communities

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After the province unveiled its marijuana bill, indigenous leaders in Quebec are calling for more frontline workers and strengthened police services as their communities brace for recreational marijuana use.

Quebec and Labrador Assembly of First Nations Chief Ghislain Picard said there are concerns about dwindling resources in communities that are already stretched thin.

“Many leaders spoke about substance abuse and how much you know this act will add to the burden that is already heavy on the communities,” said Picard.

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“The fact of the matter is that our communities, indigenous communities, have been doing a lot of intervention, more intervention probably than prevention so that’s another issue.”

Bill 157 outlines Quebec’s framework for the distribution and consumption of marijuana when it becomes legal across Canada on July 1, 2018.

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Source: Cannabis Business Times

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