BC liquor branch to deal pot next July, age set at 19

Elias Hubbard
December 6, 2017

The most awaited news from this announcement was also the most easily predicted, as the province divulged they anticipate a combination of private and public retail opportunities for cannabis products.

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth released the NDP government's preliminary vision for legal marijuana on Tuesday after a consultation process that received almost 50,000 submissions and sought input from First Nations and local governments.

It will set the legal age for marijuana use at 19 - the same age for alcohol.

"We applaud the BC government's decision to warehouse and distribute cannabis through the Liquor Distribution Branch", says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith.

"We believe our decades of experience retailing a controlled substance safely. and our demonstrated history of complying with a rigorous enforcement and inspection regime make us uniquely suited to retail adult-use recreational cannabis in B.C.", Guignard said.

"The B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) will be the wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis in B.C.", Mike Farnworth said in a statement.

Those details and more were released Tuesday morning and comes after the government conducted a public consultation seeking feedback from British Columbians.

The government also hasn't announced its approach to drug-impaired driving.

"Most of these individuals preferred to see the existing dispensaries and their supply chain legitimized, licensed and regulated", it says.

Additionally, B.C. - which already has a number of independent dispensaries and cannabis businesses established - will put together a retail model that allows for both public and private businesses to sell marijuana. The committee plans to continue to meet every two weeks as the government prepares rules for public and private retailers.

AFTER considering input from 48,951 British Columbians, and submissions from 141 local and Indigenous governments and a range of other interested stakeholders, the Province has announced a number of key decisions related to the anticipated legalization of non-medical cannabis in July 2018.

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