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Over 48,000 British Columbians have had their say on cannabisBritish Columbia’s public and stakeholder engagement on the legalization and regulation of non-medical cannabis — one of the most engaging in B.C.’s history — is now complete.
An unprecedented number of people shared their opinions to help shape the way non-medical cannabis will be regulated in B.C.
After five weeks of being live, the BC Cannabis Regulation Engagement website saw 127,952 visits, with 48,151 British Columbians filling out the feedback form and providing their views on topics such as minimum age, personal possession limits, public consumption, drug-impaired driving, personal cultivation, and distribution and retail models. As well, 800 opinions were received from a representative cross-section of British Columbians through a random telephone survey.
During this time, government also received over 130 written submissions from organizations including local governments, school districts, cannabis industry, advocacy groups and law enforcement.
Engagement with local governments, Indigenous governments and organizations, and stakeholders from law enforcement, health, agriculture and other sectors is ongoing. In addition, the Province and Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) have established a Joint Provincial-Local Government Committee on Cannabis Regulation made up of 12 representatives from UBCM and provincial representatives from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
The feedback collected through this engagement process will help ensure the provincial regulatory framework for non-medical cannabis reflects the needs and values of British Columbians, while prioritizing the protection of young people, health and safety, keeping the criminal element out of cannabis and keeping roads safe.
Over the next few weeks, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General will review and analyze the feedback received and create a summary report on what was heard that will be made available to the public.
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Publication date: 11/6/2017
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