It is widely accepted and celebrated that Vancouver’s marijuana laws are pretty relaxed. Dispensaries dot the streets left, right and centre, and Canadian companies are constantly coming up with new and innovative ways to consume pot, think marijuana pizza and weed coffee pods.
While dispensaries often seek allowance for selling the use of medical marijuana on their premises, today the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) and the B.C. Private Liquor Store Association (BCPLSA) have banded together to advocate for the right to sell recreational cannabis, through the existing liquor distribution and retail system, including both public B.C. Liquor Stores and private Liquor Retail Stores (LRS).
“The BCGEU and BCPLSA believe this partnership will help enable a safe, responsible and effective system for recreational marijuana in British Columbia,” the BCGEU and BCPLSA said in a press release. “The partnership envisions enabling British Columbians to buy non-medical marijuana throughout age-controlled liquor stores by Christmas of 2016.”
Recognizing there are concerns about youth accessing marijuana, BCGEU president Stephanie Smith says selling weed through age-controlled channels with identification checks would reduce that risk.
The advocacy follows Justin Trudeau’s promise that his government will legalize and regulate marijuana in Canada.