What is this engagement about?
In April 2017, the Government of Canada introduced to the Cannabis Act and an amendment to the Criminal Code 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 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, BC 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 want to hear from you about how we can implement this is in a responsible way.
We are asking 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 want you to help shape the way it is going to happen here in BC.
How can my contribution make a difference?
Government will consider public feedback together with input from local governments, indigenous groups and organizations as it works to develop a regulatory framework for non-medical cannabis in British Columbia.
After the public feedback form has closed on November 1, 2017 at 4 p.m. Government will analyze the results and will make a summary report available to the public.
Details of the Engagement:
Date: September 25 – November 1, 2017
Types: Online, Email