Article by David Brown, Lift News
The BC Government revealed some of their plans for the legalization of cannabis today. The province will set the legal age of possession, purchase and consumption at 19, and will manage the distribution of cannabis through the BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB).
The province also says it ‘anticipates’ creating a retail model that will include both public and private ‘opportunities,’ which it plans to share in early 2018. This would be similar to how BC manages liquor through both public and private stores supplied by a provincial distributor.
The province says they considered input from 48,951 British Columbians, and submissions from 141 local and Indigenous governments and other stakeholders.
“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 BC’s regulatory framework for non-medical cannabis,” said Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth.
The province announced in September that they are open to working with municipalities to find a retail system that suits different regions and populations.
“I’ve made it clear, there’s different opinions in different parts of the province. Vancouver has taken one approach, Victoria has taken another approach, but what works in Vancouver may not work in Port Coquitlam or may not work in Prince George or Campbell River or Fort Nelson or Cranbrook. We are open to putting in place a regime that works for the different parts of this province.”