It is currently illegal to grow, import, process, sell, possess or use cannabis products in Canada, except in the limited context of licensed medical activities. However, the federal government is in the process of adopting the Cannabis Act (Bill C-45) and related impaired driving amendments to the Criminal Code (Bill C-46) that will allow the provinces and local governments to regulate the sale and production of recreational cannabis.
The Province of BC released a position statement on February 5, 2018 on a number of policy areas related to recreational cannabis including home cultivation limits, possession limits, public space consumption and a public/private retail model. The Cannabis Control and Licensing Act (Bill 30), Cannabis Distribution Act (Bill 31) and Motor Vehicle Amendment Act (Bill 17) were introduced on April 26, 2018.
Did you know that once cannabis is legalized…?
- Individuals aged 19 years and older will be able to possess and purchase up to 30 grams of cannabis.
- Smoking and vaping cannabis will be prohibited in all public places (parks, playgrounds, recreation facilities and anywhere where children congregate) similar to smoking tobacco.
- Households will be allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants, but they must not be publically visible.
- Retail sales will be sold through a combination of public and private retail models handled through the BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch.
What is the CVRD doing to regulate cannabis?
In anticipation of the legalization of non-medical cannabis, on June 5, 2018, the CVRD board granted first and second readings to a proposed cannabis prohibition zoning bylaw amendment. The amendment proposes to prohibit the production and retail sale of cannabis, while maintaining the existing enabling framework for medical cannabis which requires a rezoning in areas subject to policies in the Official Community Plan.
- June 28, 2018: Public hearing for proposed cannabis prohibition bylaw amendment.
- July 24, 2018: Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendment third and final reading at the CVRD Board meeting.
- Summer/Fall 2018: Federal Regulations to be announced and put into place.