Metro municipalities brace for cannabis retail gold rush

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Ottawa’s Cannabis Act, Bill C-45, passed third reading in the House of Commons on November 27, little more than seven months before the federal government’s July 1, 2018, target date for legalizing recreational marijuana. The bill must be approved by the Senate and achieve royal assent but the writing is on the wall that legalization is on the way.

The B.C. government has yet to reveal how it plans to regulate retail sales for non-medicinal marijuana. …

No dispensaries operate in Richmond, and Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the community supports council’s opposition to retail outlets in the city.

“Everything has been done so quickly that, probably, there would be a public process before we came firmly down on [forbidding dispensaries in Richmond],” Brodie said.

Were the province to require Richmond to allow bricks-and-mortar cannabis retail outlets in the community, Brodie said he would prefer that they were either pharmacies or government liquor stores and not privately run dispensaries.

Brodie opposes cannabis cultivation on farmland because he doubts that the crop would be secure. He said production should be on industrial land. …

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