Cannabis Retail Stores Newfoundland and Labrador
Justice and Public Safety,
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
November 23, 2017
Provincial Government Releases First Details on Cannabis Legalization in Newfoundland and Labrador
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador provided the first details today on how cannabis legalization will look in the province in July 2018, the timeframe the Federal Government has set for implementation.
Three key policies announced include:
- The legal age to purchase and possess cannabis in Newfoundland and Labrador will be 19 years – in line with alcohol;
- Place of use will be restricted to private residences; and
- Private retailers will be used to sell cannabis.
Those policy details were provided at a news conference by the Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General, the Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Finance, and the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation.
In addition, amendments to the Liquor Corporation Act will go to second reading today in the House of Assembly to grant the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC) the necessary authority to ensure there is a legal and safe supply of cannabis available to interested consumers next July. The amendments enable the NLC to:
- Buy, import and sell cannabis;
- Control the possession, sale and delivery of cannabis;
- Establish, maintain and operate cannabis stores;
- Issue licences for the possession, sale and delivery of cannabis;
- Determine the forms, manner and fee associated with licences for cannabis; and
- Set prices of cannabis.
With approval of the amendments to the Liquor Corporation Act, a Request for Proposals will be issued to identify private retailers interested in selling cannabis.
The legislative amendments and policies announced today come after considerable public consultation. The province has also examined what other jurisdictions are doing, and have spoken with many community groups, health professionals, business organizations and others.
These policies will promote public health and safety, discourage use of cannabis by youth, encourage responsible use by adults, keep the profits from the sale of cannabis out of the hands of criminals, and reduce the burden on the criminal justice system.
Additional legislation to enact the policy announcements and to support other elements of the overall framework will be introduced into the House of Assembly in spring 2018.
The Provincial Government remains in active discussion with other provinces and territories, and the Government of Canada, with regard to matters related to the legalization of cannabis.
“The legalization of non-medical cannabis is a significant policy change for our province and the rest of Canada. Here, we will be implementing legislation and regulations that factor into account the unique characteristics of Newfoundland and Labrador with an emphasis on public safety and health. I look forward to continuing the conversation on cannabis with my provincial and territorial counterparts as well as the Federal Government over the coming months.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
“Cannabis use is not without serious health and public safety risks and, as a government, we need to be vigilant in ensuring all who legally choose to use it do so responsibly. We have made good progress with our preparations on cannabis and will be ready for full implementation of its legalization next summer.”
Honourable Andrew Parsons
Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General
“The amendments to the Liquor Corporation Act announced today will allow government to establish a retail and distribution network for the sale of cannabis. The Federal Government’s proposed 50/50 sharing of taxation revenue is inadequate and we are pressing for a more equitable arrangement aligned with actual cost burdens.”
Honourable Tom Osborne
Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board
“There is potential for Newfoundland and Labrador to benefit economically from the legalization of cannabis. Consumers will be able to safely access and use the product while allowing opportunities for private business to benefit.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
As Canada rolls closer toward marijuana legalization, the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation has put out the call for potential retailers, and the proposed sales structure is not sitting well with one St. John’s man with plans to open a cannabis store
“Just as the long Canadian winter now edges towards its terminus, so too can we see the first furtive signs of the country’s creeping cannabis spring. The thaw will come across the land in uneven patches thanks to Justin Trudeau downloading all the regulatory work to our varyingly dysfunctional provincial governments. “
“Federal legislation, provincial legislation, contracts and regulation — there’s plenty still in the works when it comes to having legal, recreational marijuana in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Newfoundland and Labrador has announced recreational marijuana will be sold through private stores.
The provincial government unveiled its plan Thursday, which will see the Crown-owned liquor corporation oversee the distribution to private retailers who will sell it.”
Although the federal government passed the Cannabis Act, also known as Bill C-45, Cannabis in Canada remains illegal for recreational use until the Act comes into force. Although the date that this Bill was initially set to be enacted was July 1, 2018, it is anticipated that parliamentary process will cause a delay and the exact date of enactment has not been set. Police and prosecution services in all Canadian jurisdictions are currently capable of pursuing criminal charges for cannabis (legal term marijuana) possession and for marketing without a license issued by Health Canada.