Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dispute Erupts between Quebec and Ottawa over Personal Cultivation of Pot Plants

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dispute Erupts between Quebec and Ottawa over Personal Cultivation of Pot Plants

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Quebec, Ottawa at odds over pot cultivation

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QUEBEC - Ottawa's plan to legalize marijuana is causing a rift with Quebec over how many plants are allowed to be grown at home.

The federal government's bill allows Canadians to cultivate up to four pot plants, while Quebec doesn't want its citizens to grow any.

Quebec Government House Leader Jean-Marc Fournier said Thursday the province will not let Ottawa dictate how cannabis is controlled and distributed in its territory.

"We are a nation and we will exercise our competencies and we won't abandon them," Fournier told reporters.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will legalize pot by the summer, with each province creating its own legislative framework for how the substance is controlled.

Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said Wednesday the federal rules around marijuana plants will take precedence over provincial law. …

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