Saskatchewan is proposing to set the legal age to consume cannabis at 19 but minors caught with a small amount won't end up with a criminal record.

The government tabled legislation Wednesday outlining its plans once the federal government legalizes marijuana later this year.

 Justice Minister Don Morgan said public health and safety was the government's priority when it set the age at 19.

"We decided this kept us in line with what the age for consumption and possession of alcohol was, and that seemed to be the direction that most of the provinces were going," Morgan said.

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