How Cannabis Will Be Sold and Regulated in British Columbia
Cannabis and liquor sales shall remain separate in British Columbia, but adults will be allowed to blaze up in some public spaces once marijuana is legalized in October. The province announced new details of its regulatory regime, including that cannabis will be sold online and through private and government-run stores. Retailers will not be permitted to sell weed in stores that sell liquor or tobacco. B.C. will also allow people to smoke pot in public places where tobacco smoking and vaping are permitted, although it will be banned in vehicles and in areas frequented by children, including beaches, parks and playgrounds.
Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said there are many decisions left to be made and the province is waiting for federal regulations on cultivator licensing, seed-to-sale tracking and packaging.
“Some may think that this work will end in July when non-medical cannabis is legalized by the federal government,” he said. “But the truth is our government will be dealing with this significant change in policy for years to come.”
Adults in B.C. will be allowed to grow up to four plants per household, but landlords and strata councils can restrict or prohibit cultivation and smoking in properties. British Columbia has announced the companies that will supply recreational marijuana after legalization this fall, boasting its provincial stash will feature an “exclusive and competitive” assortment of products.
The Liquor Distribution Branch, which will be the only wholesaler of cannabis in B.C., announced Wednesday it has entered into memorandums of understanding with 31 licensed producers that responded to its request for information process. The companies are all producers that hold Health Canada licences to legally produce medical marijuana. Twelve of the producers are B.C.-based, including Nanaimo’s Tilray Inc., Vancouver’s Aurora Cannabis Inc. and Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp. Others include Hydropothecary Corp., MedReleaf Corp., and Canopy Growth Corp.