British Columbia Announces Its Legal Marijuana Framework

British Columbia is undeniably Canada’s most pot-friendly province, and today its government made a highly anticipated announcement regarding the future framework for legal marijuana sales.

The decisions made by B.C. leadership were fuelled through a five-week public consultation period that began on Sept. 25 and concluded on Nov. 1. Ultimately, 48,951 British Columbians provided their input.

In a move that mirrors all other provinces, B.C. has made the minimum age to consume marijuana the same as alcohol, which in this case is 19 years old. As well, similar to Alberta and Manitoba, wholesale distribution of cannabis will be handled by the government’s liquor control board, the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch.

The most awaited news from this announcement was also the most easily predicted, as the province divulged they anticipate a combination of private and public retail opportunities for cannabis products. More information on that point will be coming in early 2018.

For decades, British Columbia has either turned a blind-eye to retail cannabis dispensaries or effectively regulated them, even when doing so was in violation of federal law.

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