It's news that many were waiting anxiously to hear, while others may not have wanted to hear it at all.

The provincial government released their regulation framework for the upcoming legislation of marijuana. It includes setting the minimum consumption age at 19, zero intolerance for drivers, prohibition in public spaces, and leaving it still illegal for minors.

Many residents in the southeast have keen thoughts on the matter, including Dwayne Dunville, who believes it makes sense to model the legislation after alcohol.

"It's the same kind of thing. Alcohol's a recreational drug, of sorts. It was illegal once. I think marijuana is actually better for you, naturally grown, but it was banned X amount of years ago."

He adds that it's been off limits for himself, as his work requires regular drug tests. However, with a new future unfolding, he may end up looking into the medical variety for health reasons.

"As long as it's maintained as well as alcohol, I don't think one's any better or worse than the other."

In a similar vein, another local man says, "I don't think there's an issue with the use of medicinal marijuana, it's use and what it does. I believe that it does help people who have no other options, with the cost of medication, so I believe that medical marijuana is a cheap alternative. I believe that it can help a lot of people who don't have a lot of options."

One local woman noted, however, that the minimum age limit could be raised a lot higher.

"I'm only saying higher because of the research that's gone on about the brain development with it, up to the age of 25. It is unreasonable to set it at that, because it's going to be younger, for sure."

Since 19 is the average drinking age across the country, she just hopes that the substance is kept reined in.

"It's out there now, when it's not legal, so maybe being legal will make it more controlled."

 

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