British Columbia have been much slower than their colleagues in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta in passing legislation ready for recreational cannabis’ legalisation in July 2018.

In September 2017 Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth launched a public consultation on how cannabis should be sold and regulated in the province. Over 38,000 individuals and organisations responded to the consultation.

In November 2017 Mr Farnworth made a series of clarifications about how he expects the cannabis law in BC to play out. First, all cannabis will be distributed through the provincial Liquor Distribution Branch (LBD) but it will be available for sale in both publicly and privately run stores, which is close to the Alberta model of cannabis sales than that adopted by Ontario and Quebec.

The minimum age to purchase cannabis will be 19 in British Columbia.

More details on retail legislation and cannabis pricing in BC will be announced in late January 2018 or early February. Legislation for the sale of cannabis in BC to recreational users is expected to be passed in spring 2018, which won’t give much time for whoever is meant to be selling cannabis to get everything up and running. It may be that British Columbia cannabis recreational users will have to travel further (and possibly pay more) to consumer cannabis in the initial period after the law changes.

Last updated: 6 December 2017

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