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Manitoba’s cannabis homegrow ban a mistake

Consumer’s group compares the restriction to outdated home-brewing regulations that were phased out

A consumer’s group says the Manitoba government is wrong to ban growing recreational marijuana for personal consumption.

The Consumers Choice Centre notes medical cannabis patients have the right to grow plants at home and calls restrictions for recreational users “incredibly silly.”

“Having different rules for different residents of Manitoba makes the law significantly more difficult to enforce, said David Clement, the Toronto-based North American affairs manager for the international group. “The home cultivation ban is also quite archaic when you consider that fact that adults are legally permitted to brew their own beer and wine at home. There is no reason for cannabis to be regulated more strictly than how the province treats alcohol.”

The provincial government’s recently released regulatory framework would also make the minimum purchasing age 19 and include a clause that allows for municipalities to ban the sale of cannabis locally.

The CCC also praised the government for its decision to allow private businesses to retail the products to consumers, though the only legal distributor would be the expanded Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries corporation.

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