About the project
“Cannabis consumption space” is a general term that refers to a business, special event or other establishment providing cannabis for sale and use on-site. Consumption spaces range widely and may include outdoor designated areas, cafes and lounges, concerts or festivals, ticketed events, and spa experiences, among others.
The Province of British Columbia regulates the sale of non-medical cannabis. Currently, cannabis consumption spaces are not allowed in BC. The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General is now taking a closer look at whether non-medical consumption spaces should be permitted, and if so, how they should be regulated.
Cannabis is an important agricultural crop in British Columbia and a significant economic driver in some rural regions. Cannabis businesses have said allowing consumption spaces could help build a robust and sustainable legal cannabis economy. However, some public health and safety stakeholders have raised concerns that consumption spaces may increase overall cannabis use and lead to increased risks of impaired driving, smoking, or co-use with liquor.
This engagement gathered information to assess the level of public support, economic feasibility and public health and safety implications of non-medical consumption spaces. Feedback will inform decisions by the Province of British Columbia on whether to allow consumption spaces, and if so, how this should be done.