Municipalities deciding how to respond to BC’s cannabis retail plan

Vancouver Sun

Municipalities across Metro Vancouver are considering their options when it comes to allowing legal cannabis retailers in their communities, following the release of new provincial policy around licensing.

This week, the B.C. government said that under its proposed framework for the retail sales of non-medical cannabis, residents aged 19 and older will be able to buy cannabis through privately run or government-operated retail stores and online through the government once it is legalized in July.

The Liquor Distribution Branch will operate public retail stores and the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch will license and monitor private stores. …

“We are in the process of having staff analyze the situation,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “We’ll be coming forward in the weeks to come to talk about what kind of regulation we want around retail sale.”

However, he said Richmond wants to maintain zoning control and he envisions something similar to the regulations around public and private liquor stores, which place limits on factors such as where they can be located. …

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