One Week Left for Cannabis Engagement

Local governments have until November 1, 2017 to provide feedback on the provincial discussion paper, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation in British Columbia. The Province will draw upon feedback obtained through the engagement process as it considers key policy decisions that will form the foundation of its legalized cannabis framework.

UBCM encourages all local governments to provide submissions to ensure that feedback provided to Province represents the diversity of our membership. Local government responses to the discussion paper will be considered as a separate cohort among the feedback provided.

On October 20, 2017, the Joint Provincial-Local Government Committee on Cannabis Regulation (JCCR) held its inaugural meeting. Input provided by the Committee to the Province will go directly to the provincial government as it develops a legalized cannabis framework. The Committee is comprised of both senior staff and elected officials from all regions of British Columbia.

As of yet no decisions have been made on important issues impacting local governments such as retail sales, public consumption, personal cultivation, or taxation and revenue sharing. The provincial discussion paper touches on a number of these issues, as well as several others, including:

  • Minimum age;
  • Personal possession for adults and youths;
  • Public consumption;
  • Drug-impaired driving;
  • Personal cultivation;
  • Distribution; and,
  • Retail sales.

Local governments are also welcome to bring forward other issues as part of their submissions to the Province. To date the province has received over 27,000 completed feedback forms during its engagement process.

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