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BCREA’s Response to Regulating Cannabis in BC

Published Oct 19, 2017

iStock-667617622The federal government plans to legalize non-medical cannabis by July 2018. In response, provincial and territorial governments are now considering how they’ll manage their responsibilities. 

The BC government’s Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat is consulting with the public, with a deadline for feedback of November 1. One of the top issues identified by the Secretariat is personal cultivation.

BCREA’s response urges the government to create a framework to deal with properties used in drug production. When a property has been involved in producing drugs, people can be exposed to serious health and safety risks resulting from mould, chemicals and electrical fires. These properties also often become stigmatized, which can result in financing and insurance challenges.

BC currently has no provincial standards for remediating and certifying properties that have been used to produce drugs. There’s also no consistency for learning about a property’s history of drug production.

BCREA recommends that the government develop a centralized, consistent process for remediation of buildings used in drug operations. Specific to the government’s consultation, BCREA recommends that personal cultivation take place outside, and that a registry be created that’s tied to the property, rather than the individual.

Read BCREA’s submission and learn more about BCREA’s recommendations here.

To read the government’s discussion paper for this consultation, and to give your feedback, click here.

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