Province Launching Public Consultation for Cannabis Distribution
Prince George, B.C. – Solicitor General Mike Farnworth has announced public consultation is being launched to see what British Columbians want done about how cannabis will be sold in this province.
Farnworth says the Province will be responsible for retail and distribution of cannabis, when it become legal in Canada next year.
He says the Province needs to hear from all sectors, including local government on how retail of cannabis should be dealt with.
The time line is tight for this consultation, with the deadline being November 1st. Farnworth says that is because the provincial government will need time to develop legislation in time for the Spring sitting of the legislature.
The province will have authority over the age of sale where the product may be sold.
Farnworth says the B.C. government is playing catch up on the issue because of the delays caused by the election, and following delay in establishing government. There is still no agreement on revenue sharing, but Farnworth says while local government’s need to have a share of the revenue to cover their costs for implementation of legalization, the legalization of marijuana cannot be viewed as a cash cow.
The Federal Government is committed to having marijuana legal by July of 2018.
The Province has established an online page for residents to offer their concerns and ideas. That site can be accessed here.