Article by Mike Okada, Cannabis Life Network
When recreational cannabis is legalized, its retail environment will be very different in key ways from how we purchase alcohol or tobacco.
Let’s take a look at how BC’s recently released cannabis regulationscompare to similar laws for alcohol and tobacco, and explore why the government is treating cannabis the way it is. We will explore the 30 gram possession limit, advertising restrictions, the threat of plain packaging, and more.
For a quick side-by-side comparison, please see the table at the end of the article for a comparison on restrictions for cannabis, alcohol, and tobacco.
In BC, municipalities and even landlords have the power to ban cannabis
With the announcement last week, the province gave local governments the authority to set additional restrictions on cannabis including restrictions on sale, display, promotion, and exposure to smoke. That means that municipalities have the power to ban cannabis sales completely if they wanted to and what’s more, landlords and strata councils can ban consumption and cultivation on their premises as well.
As BC Premier John Horgan said in an interview, “Cigarette smokers can no longer smoke in public places. I think that may well be how we have to proceed with cannabis. We’ll make a decision in the new year.”
So let’s say you’re banned from smoking at your home by your landlord and since you can’t smoke in public like at the local park- where are you supposed to go? You can’t even go to a consumption lounge because there are no plans for licensed consumption lounges in the immediate future!