The province has outlined the first decisions on cannabis regulation related to the anticipated legalization of non-medical marijuana in July.
Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth announced a minimum age will be set at 19 to possess, purchase and consume cannabis.
In line with other provinces, B.C. will have government-run wholesale distribution of legalized pot through the BC Liquor Distribution Branch.
A retail model is expected to be established to include both public and private opportunities, with details anticipated to be known early in the new year.
The government considered input from the public and stakeholders from Sept. 25 to Nov. 1, on a range of issues related to the regulation of non-medical cannabis in B.C.
“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,” Farnworth said.
The Public Safety Ministry says more decisions are still to be made in preparation for cannabis legalization.