CAQ relaxes rules on pot use in public

Quebec has reconsidered its plan to ban cannabis smoking in parks and other public spaces.

The CAQ government originally said it would tighten restrictions on cannabis sales and consumption but a press officer for the province's junior health minister has confirmed that Lionel Carmant has reworked Bill 2 giving municipalities the right to adopt and enforce their own rules about consumption in public.

The Legault government is standing by its plan to raise the age limit to buy and consume cannabis from 18 to 21.

It hopes to pass the bill by mid-June before the National Assembly adjourns for the summer.

Elsewhere in Canada, cannabis is permitted at age 19, except in Alberta, where the legal age is 18.

With files from CTV Montreal