Federal Pot Recommendations Draw Mostly Positive Reviews in B.C.

Article by Gordon McIntyre, Derrick Penner, Matt Robinson and Rob Shaw, Vancouver Sun

Recommendations released Tuesday by the federal panel on legalizing recreational marijuana were greeted positively, if cautiously, by B.C. businesses with a stake in the issue.

The committee is recommending Canadians 18 years and older be allowed to buy marijuana in stores or online, or grow their own with a limits of four plants a person.

The committee, headed by former federal Liberal cabinet minister Anne McLellan, says recreational marijuana should not be sold in the same location as alcohol or tobacco, and there should be diversity of production beyond the small number of existing, licensed medical-marijuana producers.

It recommends that commercial production should be monitored with a “seed-to-sale tracking system” to prevent diversions to the black market.

For Vancouver’s existing dispensaries operating under the city’s grey-zone licensing system, the recommendations appears to give them an opening to keep operating under federal regulations as storefront retail locations.

 “We are very, very pleased, very, very happy,” said Jessika Villano, manager of the Buddha Barn, a non-profit compassion club dispensary at 2179 West 4th Ave. in Kitsilano. “It means there will continue to be a very safe place for our customers to come to.

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