December 06, 2017

Dear ABLE BC members,

We are excited to let you know the BC government released a number of key decisions this morning related to the anticipated legalization of non-medical cannabis in July 2018.

Read the full government news release here.

The following policy decisions have been announced: 

  • Minimum age: BC will set the minimum age to possess, purchase, and consume cannabis at 19 years old. This is consistent with BC’s minimum age for alcohol and tobacco and with the age of majority in BC.
  • Wholesale distribution of cannabis: BC will have a government-run wholesale distribution model. The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) will be the wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis in BC.
  • Retail of cannabis: The Province anticipates establishing a retail model that includes both the public and private retail opportunities (i.e. similar to liquor). Details will be released in early 2018.

ABLE BC is very pleased that the government is providing much-needed clarity on this issue, and taking positive steps toward the successful distribution and retailing of recreational cannabis in British Columbia.

We are very encouraged that the government is looking at a public-private model to retail cannabis. ABLE BC also congratulates our partners at the BCGEU on this new opportunity.

Ongoing cannabis advocacy campaign: we need your help!

As members know, ABLE BC partnered with the BCGEU to form the Responsible Marijuana Retail Alliance of BC and advocate for the sale of recreational cannabis in BC’s liquor stores.

Together we have launched a province-wide advertising campaign to demonstrate to government and British Columbians that BC’s liquor stores are best suited to retail cannabis safely and responsible.

This campaign is not in ABLE BC’s current budget so we need your support to fund it. ABLE BC is asking all LRS members to make a minimum donation of $300 per store. Thank you to everyone who has already contributed to the campaign. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Government will release details in early 2018 as to how cannabis will be retailed. During this crucial time, it is important that members continue to donate to the campaign, as we continue trying to move this issue forward.

How to donate:

To learn more about our advocacy work download copies of:

If you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Jeff Guignard (ABLE BC Executive Director) at 604-688-5560 or

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