B.C. government hasn’t decided how it will regulate retail sales of medicinal marijuana after Ottawa’s Cannabis Act, Bill C-45, passed third reading in the House of Commons, according to a Business Vancouver article.
The speculation is that the B.C. government will reveal its favoredt retail method before the February budget.
In Vancouver, Counc. Kerry Jang said it’s simply a common-sense approach to dealing with the explosion of medical marijuana shops in our city. “We’re not regulating the product; we’re regulating the business.”
In Richmond, no dispensaries operate, and Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the community supports council’s opposition to retail outlets in the city. If the province were to require Richmond to allow bricks-and-mortar cannabis retail outlets in the city, Brodie said he would prefer they were pharmacies or government liquor stores.
In Delta, Mayor Lois Jackson said she doesn’t want dispensaries to operate in the community because products might contain mould and pesticides.
Moreover, in Burnaby, Mayor Derek Corrigan said he would like to see cannabis sold in government liquor stores because “we have a great deal of respect for that structure, and we think that it is likely, in that environment, there won’t be a problem with selling to young people.”
West Vancouver is waiting for cues from the provincial government before it begins public consultations and decides how legal dispensaries will be zoned.
The City of North Vancouver however, will not zone or grant business licenses to marijuana dispensaries until recreational cannabis is legalized.
In the District of North Vancouver, the council has argued provincial government should be responsible for all warehousing and distribution of marijuana consistent with B.C.’s alcohol and have a mix of private and government-run outlets. The district also wants cannabis retail policies similar to those of North Shore’s other two municipalities.
New Westminster will have a ‘liberal’ attitude toward recreational marijuana retail sales once the product becomes legal. Moreover, in Coquitlam, council is waiting for the provincial government to release its plan for marijuana production and distribution before it decides how the city will handle the legalization of zoning and recreational marijuana dispensaries.
Port Coquitlam closed two dispensaries earlier this year, and in March passed an additional zoning bylaw that banned the sale of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.
Lastly, in Surrey, a bylaw was amended to ban marijuana dispensaries that weren’t licensed by the provincial or federal government. The city has already begun mapping out locations where marijuana stores could be zoned.