03 October 2017 0 Comments Posted By : Nelson Bennett

B.C. is going to pot – are we ready?

Will cornfields and greenhouses that now grow tomatoes and cucumbers give way to marijuana crops on farmland in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) in Delta?

Will entrepreneurs in B.C. be able to grow and sell artisanal marijuana brands, much like craft brewers sell beer, or will the B.C. government monopolize pot sales through government-controlled cannabis stores?

These are just some of the questions the B.C. government needs to answer by July 2018, when new federal legislation makes recreational marijuana use legal.

In an attempt to get some kind of public consensus on key regulatory issues, like taxation, distribution and retailing, the B.C. government is asking the public for input over the next few weeks.

An online consultation campaign was announced by B.C. Solicitor General Mike Farnworth at last week’s Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) annual conference, where it was welcomed by municipal leaders who felt shut out and ignored by the federal government when it was drafting bills C-45 and C-46 for the legalization of marijuana.

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