BC making first decisions on cannabis regulation.
Following months of public engagement, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth announced several key decisions today related to the anticipated legalization of non-medical cannabis next July.
The minimum age to possess, or consume will be 19.
Also, like other provinces BC will have a government-run wholesale distribution model, and there will be both public and private retail opportunities.
"Looking at the responses received, it's clear that British Columbians support the priorities of protecting young people, health and safety, keeping the criminal element out of cannabis and keeping roads safe, which will guide the Province in developing BC's regulatory framework for non-medical cannabis."
The Province received input from 48,951 British Columbians, and submissions from 141 local and Indigenous governments and a range of other interested stakeholders during the public engagement period from Sept 25th the Nov 1st.