The provincial government has laid out some ground rules for how it plans to deal with the legalization of cannabis.
BC will set the minimum age for pot possession, purchase, and use at 19, which officials say is consistent with the province’s minimum age for alcohol and tobacco.
BC’s Liquor Distribution Branch will handle wholesale distribution of non-medical cannabis while the province says it expects there will be a mix of private and public retail opportunities for pot sales.
The government expects to have details about the retail model early next year.
The provincial government set out the framework after feedback from nearly 50,000 people and submissions from 141 local and Indigenous governments and stakeholders.
Legalization of marijuana is expected by July of this year.