Article by MIke Okada, Cannabis Life Network
After hearing the feedback from almost 50,000 British Columbians, the provincial government released BC’s first decisions on cannabis regulation today, announcing a mix of public and private retailers of recreational cannabis once it is legalized in 2018, finally confirming what many believed BC was going to do.
Other details include:
- Minimum age of 19, bringing cannabis in line with the minimum age for alcohol and tobacco
- The BC Liquor Distribution Branch will be the wholesale supplier for all recreational cannabis in the province
The feedback, which was collected in a survey that was open to the public from Sept. 25 to Nov. 1, 2017, helped inform many of the decisions that the government made.
As Minister of Public Safety and BC’s Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said,
“Looking at the responses received, it’s clear that British Columbians support the priorities of protecting young people, health and safety, keeping the criminal element out of cannabis and keeping roads safe, which will guide the Province in developing B.C.’s regulatory framework for non-medical cannabis.”