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B.C. makes key decisions on regulation of non-medical marijuana

The province has announced a number of key decisions related to the anticipated legalization of non-medical cannabis in July 2018.

After taking into consideration input from 48,952 British Columbians, and 141 local and Indigenous governments and stakeholders, the government made decisions on minimum age, distribution, and retail.

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"Looking at the responses received, it's clear that British Columbians support the priorities of protecting young people, health and safety, keeping the criminal element out of cannabis and keeping roads safe, which will guide the Province in developing B.C.'s regulatory framework for non-medical cannabis," said Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth.

The minimum age to possess, purchase, and consume marijuana will be 19 years old, consistent with the minimum age for alcohol and tobacco products.

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Like other provinces, B.C. will have a government-run wholesale distribution model. The BC Liquor Distribution Branch will be the wholesale distributor of non-medical marijuana.

The province also anticipates establishing a retail model that would include both public and private retail opportunities.

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