British Columbia is giving private entrepreneurs the opportunity to participate in recreational sales of marijuana next year – alongside the provincial government.
The move to permit private- and government-owned retailers was widely expected.
The province announced its decision after considering input from 48,951 British Columbians and submissions from 141 local and Indigenous governments.
What you need to know:
- British Columbia will set the minimum age to possess, purchase and consume cannabis at 19.
- Like other provinces, British Columbia will rely on a government-run wholesale distribution model. The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) will be the wholesale distributor of adult-use cannabis in the province.
- British Columbia plans to pass implementation legislation in early 2018.
- Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick are going with publicly owned marijuana retail monopolies, while Manitoba, Alberta and possibly Newfoundland are handing marijuana sales to the private sector.
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