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Province asking the public for input about the regulation of recreational pot

Last Updated Sep 25, 2017 at 11:11 am PDT

Mike Farnworth announces the province will go through a public consultation process on the regulation of recreational pot (Martin MacMahon, NEWS 1130 Photo)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The province is carrying out a public consultation process on how recreational pot should be regulated. This comes ahead of legalization at the federal level next summer.

The province wants you to share your thoughts through an online survey until November 1st. It will also be conducting a random phone survey.

“We want to hear from as many people as possible about how we can best protect our kids, keep our roads safe, and lock criminals out of the non-medical cannabis industry,” said Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth in a news release.

“I hope British Columbians will get involved, be heard, and help us shape how we maximize public health and safety when non-medical cannabis is legalized by the federal government next year,” said Farnworth. “While we already have laws banning drug-affected driving, and they remain in effect, this is also an opportunity for people to let us know how we can make them stronger and more effective.”

The various provinces in this country have been scrambling to figure out how they’ll handle the sale of pot once the federal government legalizes the drug next July. Ontario has already outlined how it will handle legal marijuana — it will sell the drug online and through 150 government run stores, and has set the minimum age at 19 to align with liquor.

Farnworth spoke at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention today — perhaps no coincidence, given the province will likely have to work closely with the junior level of government as this all rolls out.