In April 2017, the Government of Canada introduced the Cannabis Act and amendments to the Criminal Code to address cannabis impaired driving with plans to make non-medical cannabis legal in Canada by July 2018.
In addition, the federal government plans to move as quickly as possible to bring into force the amendments related to drug-impaired driving.
While the proposed Cannabis Act provides for the federal government to regulate commercial production, provinces and territories will have authority to regulate certain aspects like distribution, retail and a range of other matters – as they do for tobacco and liquor. For example, B.C. will determine how and where cannabis can be sold and where it can be consumed in our province.
To be ready in time for July 2018, we asked you about how we can implement this is in a responsible way.
We asked for your thoughts on topics like minimum age, personal possession limits, public consumption, drug-impaired driving, personal cultivation and distribution and retail models. All of these changes will require careful thought to ensure the right balance is struck for moving forward. These changes are happening across Canada, and we asked you to help shape the way it is going to happen here in B.C.
The results from the online feedback form, written submissions and telephone survey have been compiled and can be found in the Cannabis Regulation in B.C. What We Heard Report.