Article by Caleb McMillan, Cannabis Life Network
British Columbia’s NDP government announced its preliminary cannabis regulations last week. So what is the good, the bad, and the ugly of BC’s cannabis regulations?
First, the good: dispensary owners with criminal records can apply for a retail licence.
Albeit, we’re far from perfect.
For starters, these dispensaries (some over a decade old) have to apply along with newcomers. Some are already regulated by their municipality, will they have to reapply to the province and pay another licensing fee?
Dispensaries not making the cut will have to change their name. They don’t, according to the government, have any medical value. They will also have to begin supplying from the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch.
The LCLB will supply from licensed producers, including “micro growers” registered with the federal government.
If this is the “good,” then what constitutes bad and ugly?
The bad — no medical dispensaries.
Drawing a distinct (and false) line in the sand between “medical” and “non-medical” cannabis is a divisive issue.
All cannabis is medicinal.
But the BC government demands medical dispensaries drop their medical nomenclature and cater to “recreational” status. There are dubious reasons for this.
Remember it was this medical community of growers that Harper tried to destroy with the MMPR.
It is this medical community of dispensaries that the BC Government is now attempting to eradicate and replace with a “recreational model” they can tax.