That is the strong statement from the province’s finance minister Carlos Leitao who believes that Ottawa cannot force his province into action when pot is made legal.
His comments came after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed plans to legalize and regulate marijuana. He has plans to work closely with authorities in different regions to establish distribution methods that are suitable for that area with some speculation that marijuana may be sold from liquor stores that are run by the government.
However, Leitao did not hold back in his displeasure about the plans commenting that he had “no plan, no idea, no intention of commercializing marijuana.”
“It’s up to the federal government to determine how to do it,” he said. “I will never have the obligation to commercialize (marijuana) even if it becomes legal. It’s not up to the province of Quebec to do that.”
When he was asked about a distribution network that could be set up in Quebec by the federal government, Leitao stated “they’ll have to figure it out.”
Trudeau had made the legalization of marijuana one of his election statements: it is meant to make it increasingly difficult for children to buy the drug and reduce revenue streams among organized criminals.
When responding to the comments from the Quebec finance minister, Trudeau stated he planned to work closely with municipalities and provinces to find solutions.
Quebec will not be forced into setting up a distribution network for marijuana.