Have your say on marijuana legalization in British Columbia

Sep 26 2017, 4:51 am

If the Cannabis Act introduced by Justin Trudeau passes as planned, non-medical marijuana will be legal on Canadian streets in July 2018.

The bill allows adults to legally possess, grow and purchase limited amounts of fresh or dried cannabis, cannabis oil, plants and seeds for cultivation.

But all that does come with a hitch. The federal government has left it up to the provinces to decide on certain aspects of the new rules for pot possession.

For example, provinces must decide whether to increase the minimum age for purchase, lower the possession limit, and impose extra rules on home growing.

As well, all cannabis products will be produced by a federally-licensed grower and must be bought from a provincially or federally approved seller.

Provinces may also set extra requirements, such as restrictions on zoning for cannabis-related businesses and where cannabis can be consumed in public.

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So, the new BC government wants to hear what you think about all that, and they’ve launched a new online survey to find out.

The survey, which launched on Monday, September 25, will be available until Wednesday, November 1, and takes about 12 minutes to complete.

“We don’t have a lot of precedents to based our approach on,” says Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth in an accompanying YouTube video.

“Canada is only the second nation to legalize cannabis in this way.”

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