June 29, 2018

After a historic vote in Canada’s Senate on June 19, followed by an announcement by Prime Minister Trudeau on June 20, Canadians can expect that adult-use recreational cannabis will be legal as of October 17, 2018.

In brief, Senate’s vote means that Canada is on the verge of becoming the first G7 county to authorize a fully legal framework for recreational cannabis. Although cannabis is about to be legalized federally, there are still many unanswered questions about how cannabis will be retailed in British Columbia.

ABLE BC is currently engaging with the province and various municipalities to get members the clarity they need to evaluate the business and investment decisions inherent to opening a cannabis retail business in their communities.

Members should bear in mind that, while last week’s vote is the final federal step in authorizing legalization, it remains but the first step in a lengthy licensing process that has not yet been articulated.

ABLE BC will continue to monitor this situation closely and to advocate for your interests in the days ahead. We hope to have further details very soon. In the meantime, should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact ABLE BC’s Executive Director Jeff Guignard at jeff@ablebc.ca.

For additional cannabis resources visit: https://ablebc.ca/advocacy/cannabis-resources/

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