1. Current status of cannabis laws:
Possessing and selling cannabis for non-medical purposes is still illegal everywhere in Canada and until new legislation and new rules are in place, current laws remain inforce and should be obeyed.
The Government of Canada’s commitment to change cannabis laws
- Legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to cannabis in a careful and orderly way
- Restrict access of cannabis for youth
- Stop criminals from profiting from illicit drug trade
- Create a process that will look at legalizing and strictly regulating cannabis for non-medical purposes
When is legalization and strict regulation of cannabis going to happen?
It’s a serious, complex matter and will take time. A Task Force engaged with provinces, territories, key stakeholders and other Canadians to inform the design of a system of strict cannabis production, distribution and sales.
In the spring of 2017, the Government of Canada will propose to Parliament and Canadians a new legislative framework for the legalization of cannabis .
Why is the federal government looking to legalize and regulate access to cannabis?
There are real public health and safety risks associated with cannabis use, including how it affects the way young people develop.
A system of strict production, distribution and sales of cannabis would:
- Better protect health and enhance public safety;
- Make it less profitable for illicit drug dealers and growers;
- Make it less accessible to young people.
2. Retailers in B.C.:
Wholesale Distribution Systems:
The Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) will be responsible for licensing and monitoring the retail sector, which will consist of private stores and government-operated stores. The rules governing retail stores will be similar to those currently in place for liquor, and public and private retailers will have similar operating rules.
LCLB has published a BC Cannabis Private Retail Licensing Guide. You can also find more information on LCLB’s website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LDB is engaging with licensed producers, from whom we will purchase non-medical cannabis. Non-medical cannabis products will be safely transported to the LDB’s warehouse by appropriately regulated transport agents. As part of its wholesale distribution system, the LDB will provide product ordering and delivery services to both public and private retail stores.
While the initial product assortment available to retailers will be largely determined by product availability of the licensed producers that we partner with, we eventually plan to seek the input of the private retail community to drive the assortment strategy. More information will be provided on this website as it becomes available:
For Q&A on how to become a private of non-medical cannabis:
How to become a Licensed Producer of Cannabis for Medical Purposes:
3. Steps the City of Dawson Creek has taken:
Currently, the retail sale of non-medical cannabis is prohibited in the City of Dawson Creek. This measure was put in place to allow staff time to consult the public on legalization and develop regulation based on feedback received.
Cultivation of Cannabis:
Until the federal and provincial direction is provided the City prohibits production, distribution or sale of cannabis and exempts land within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). Cannabis can be grown on lands within the city of Dawson Creek. All production and cultivation must follow the Agricultural Land Commissions and the Federal Governments regulations.
Reports on Cannabis:
- Zoning Amendment (18-01) Bylaw No. 4370, 2018 – Cannabis
- Cannabis Legalization Framework
- Cannabis Implementation Plan
- Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation (November 2016)
- British Columbia’s Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Discussion Paper (September 2017)
- Federal Bill C-45
- British Columbia’s Guide on Retail Cannabis Licensing [PDF]
Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis: