British Columbia Government Unveils Plan to Regulate Recreational Marijuana

British Columbia Government Unveils Plan to Regulate Recreational Marijuana

Adult-use cannabis will be available for sale at private and public retail outlets to people age 19 and older once the drug becomes legal next year.

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December 6, 2017
Vancouver Sun
Canada Legislation and regulation News

With legalization looming in July 2018, Solicitor-General Mike Farnworth unveiled details Tuesday on how B.C. plans to deal with the distribution and sale of non-medical marijuana—a move that would require amending or introducing 18 bills in the legislature. 

“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done legislatively,” said Farnworth. “I expect a great deal of the legislative calendar to be taken up by the legalization of cannabis in the spring.

“There will be a lot of work between now and then to make sure we are ready because it is a very tight timeline.”

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The federal government will be responsible for overseeing the production of marijuana, quality control and testing while provinces and territories will be in charge of distribution, sale and enforcement.

The province will be the sole distributor of recreational marijuana through the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch.

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