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Growing flowers of cannabis intended for the medical marijuana market are shown at OrganiGram in Moncton, N.B., on April 14, 2016.Ron Ward/The Canadian Press

The New Brunswick government is setting 19 as the minimum legal age for cannabis use.

Health Minister Benoit Bourque said Wednesday it's the right age to make an informed decision, and matches the province's minimum age for alcohol use.

He said other provinces are also aligning ages on marijuana and alcohol use.

Public Safety Minister Denis Landry says setting the age at 19 will help to achieve the goal of keeping marijuana out of the hands of criminals and youth.

The federal government plans to legalize recreational cannabis by July 2018.

In September, Ontario announced it plans to set the minimum age at 19 and sell cannabis through government-run outlets.

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says an extra $36.4-million over five years will help educate Canadians on the dangers of legalized marijuana. The funds are in addition to $9.6-million set aside in the last federal budget.

The Canadian Press