The Cannabis Act has received Royal Assent and the sale of non-medical cannabis will be legal in Canada beginning on October 17, 2018. Until this date, cannabis remains illegal to buy, possess, or use for anything other than authorized medical or research purposes.
Delta is in the process of bringing forward bylaw amendments to strengthen its regulatory powers with respect to cannabis. At the June 25, 2018 Regular Meeting, Council gave three readings to a new Delta Smoking Regulation Bylaw and associated amendments to the Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw and the Municipal Ticketing Information Bylaw. View the staff report.
The Cannabis Act creates a legal framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale, and possession of non-medical cannabis across Canada. The current program for accessing cannabis for medical purposes will continue under the new Cannabis Act.
This federal legislation creates significant responsibilities for all levels of government. On April 26, 2018, the BC Government released new legislation to regulate the sale and distribution of non-medical cannabis. The new BC Government legislation will not take effect until cannabis becomes legal across Canada on October 17, 2018.
Since October 2017, Delta has provided submissions to both Health Canada and the BC Government on the legalization and regulation of non-medical cannabis. The BC Government’s legislation is generally consistent with Delta’s position. Some key issues of concern that Delta continues to lobby both the federal and provincial governments include:
Agricultural land – the cultivation of cannabis on lands in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), and the need to protect agricultural land for food crop production. On July 13, 2018, the BC Government issued an information bulletin announcing changes that impact local government control over cannabis production in the ALR.
Home cultivation – there are concerns related to the personal cultivation of cannabis in homes, including youth/child access, health and safety issues relating to mold and electrical hazards, and the potential for home invasions and supply to the black market.
For questions related to Delta’s involvement, please contact:
Bernita Iversen, Manager of Corporate Policy