B.C.’s Chief Medical Health Officer says he’s “disappointed” with council’s decision
Marijuana edibles, including cookies and candy, will be sold legally at Victoria’s marijuana dispensaries.
Victoria city council is moving towards allowing a bylaw that permits the sale of edible pot products
But that move is not popular with health officials.
With 38 marijuana related businesses operating in the city, Mayor Lisa Helps says the city had to act.
“Medical marijuana dispensaries are popping up in the city, and the city has to do something.”
People are selling edible marijuana products, and so Island Health has to do something.”
Council refused to ban edible products, leading B.C.s’ chief medical officer, Dr. Perry Kendall to write:
“I am disappointed in Council’s decision to permit edibles to be sold, and must clarify that local public health officials cannot regulate the illegal substances found in these edibles either.”
Marijuana sales and use is covered under the Federal Controlled Substances Act.
Island Health authorities can do little but voice their objection.
“As a medical health officer, I’ve been on record that I am not in support of edible marijuana products.
If this is a medicine, it should be dispensed just like blood pressure medications as a tincture.
If people feel to add something to it, fine.”
“It’s not the city’s responsibility to regulate medical products.
It falls far beyond our jurisdiction.
So, we don’t want to get involved in that.”
Council is expected to vote on its Medical Marijuana-Related Businesses bylaw in June.
The owner of The Green Ceiling, Ashley Abraham, says she is looking forward to regulations.
“I’m very excited to see regulations to come into place because it means it’s being looked at as a legitimate industry.”
The federal government plans to introduce legislation next year legalizing marijuana.