BC announces minimum age of 19 for marijuana use and possession

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.

"The province anticipates establishing a retail model that includes both public and private retail opportunities and will share details regarding the model in early 2018", said a news release issued by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. More information on that point will be coming in early 2018. "I expect a great deal of the legislative calendar to be taken up by the legalization of cannabis in the spring".

The House of Commons passed its legalization bill last month and sent it to the Senate for further study. Cannabis is already regulated by Health Canada federally so the province doesn't need to be looking into the quality or anything like that. The provinces will oversee distribution and sales.

Stephanie Smith, president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union, which represents LDB employees, said it makes sense for her union's members to handle cannabis distribution due to their experience dealing with alcohol.

The government said B.C. still has a number of key decisions to make as it prepares for the legalization of cannabis. "There's a tremendous amount of talent in B.C. and we need to harness that and we need to acknowledge that they are pioneers, not criminals".

Farnworth said the government tried to strike a balance between protecting young people and eliminating the black market for marijuana.

"We know that the largest consumers of cannabis are young people", Farnworth said when asked about evidence from health experts on the danger of cannabis on the developing brains of people older than 19. "If you set [the age] to high, at say 25, you're not going to be able to get rid of that black market".

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"So what we've done is what all the other provinces have done and tie the age of consumption to the age of consuming alcohol".

British Columbia announces that sales of recreational marijuana will be done through private retail stores, with the minimum age set at 19.

Final decisions are still pending about retail sales, but officials said they expect pot to be available in a mix of public and private stores.

Mayor Maja Tait is taking a wait-and-see approach to new marijuana regulations announced by the province this week. The report added that "most of these individuals preferred to see the existing dispensaries and their supply chain legitimized, licensed, and regulated".

Those details and more were released Tuesday morning and comes after the government conducted a public consultation seeking feedback from British Columbians.

Farnworth joined Vision Vancouver Coun.

"Hopefully, anything they do will be challenged with Charter of Rights and Freedoms challenge". "I know it's tempting". Her union, which represents government liquor store workers, has teamed with private operators to push for the sale of marijuana through more than 850 public and private liquor stores across B.C.

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