Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Government Says It Doesn't Want to Be Involved in Selling Marijuana

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Government Says It Doesn't Want to Be Involved in Selling Marijuana

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Quebec says no to pot in liquor stores

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QUEBEC - Quebec wants nothing to do with selling marijuana, Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said Thursday, adding Ottawa can't force the province to help set up a distribution network if and when pot is legalized.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said his government will legalize and strictly regulate marijuana and will work with local authorities to come up with distribution methods, which could vary from province to province.

Trudeau's comments sparked suggestions that pot could be sold out of government-run liquor stores.

Even the union representing employees of Quebec's liquor authority had said it was favourable to the idea.

Leitao, however, said he has "no plan, no idea, no intention of commercializing (marijuana).

"It's up to the federal government to determine how to do it," he said. …

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