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Quebec’s new law legalizing the use of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes comes into effect Aug. 3

Quebec’s new law legalizing the use of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes comes into effect Aug. 3

Toronto council backs fight against Quebec’s Bill 21, calling it ‘contrary to the values of Torontonians and Canadians’

When Quebec’s controversial new law legalizing the use of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes comes into effect Aug. 3, Toronto’s City Council will support it with its own set of regulations.

If the bill becomes law, Ontario municipalities will be permitted to set their own rules when it comes to regulating private-sector medical and recreational marijuana use.

That means City Council will have to write its own rules, and decide whether and how to regulate cannabis clubs, collectibles, marijuana-related businesses and even marijuana-infused edibles and infused drinks.

On June 24, the City of Toronto’s public works and housing committee endorsed the push to allow Ontario municipalities to write their own marijuana regulations.

The province is proposing that Toronto write its own regulations, as well.

“We will work with the Ministry of the Attorney General and the City of Toronto and work through the process of developing a set of regulations for Ontario municipalities,” said a spokesperson for Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey and the Ministry of the Attorney General, which are behind the push.

The debate is expected to go to council, city hall and eventually to the Ontario legislature for a vote.

The fight over Toronto’s marijuana laws could have some significant political ramifications for both Queen’s Park and the Liberals.

A Liberal government that takes a hands-off approach to cannabis could be seen as favouring municipalities at the expense of Queen’s Park. The Liberals have previously warned that cannabis could be the biggest economic threat to Toronto after a surge in construction.

When the rules are formalized, the city could become a major player in Ottawa’s war on the pot trade.

The city’s own rules could spell trouble for the federal government, which would have to write its own regulations.

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The province has already proposed that municipalities in the three biggest cities of Ontario write their own rules, and, if the federal government approves, the city will have to go along with it.

“Municipalities are responsible for setting their own rules and regulations,” the province said in the announcement. “If a municipality wishes

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