Cannabis Legalization Framework


It is currently illegal to import, grow, process, sell, possess, or use cannabis products in Canada, except in the limited context of licensed medical activities. However, the federal government is in the process of adopting the Cannabis Act (Bill C-45) and related impaired driving amendments to the Criminal Code (Bill C-46) that will allow the provinces and local governments to regulate the sale of recreational cannabis.

The Province of B.C. released a position statement on Feb. 5, 2018 on a number of policy areas related to recreational cannabis, including home cultivation limits, possession limits, public space consumption, and an intended public/private retail model.

While the position statement provides some general information about how recreational cannabis in British Columbia will be regulated, no clear parameters have been set at this time.

Next Steps

In anticipation of the federal legislation related to non-medical cannabis, the City of Coquitlam will be developing a “Cannabis Legalization Framework”, identified as a priority on the 2018 Business Plan.

Critical to the development of the Framework, is community and stakeholder consultation. The City will be reaching out to residents and businesses once additional information on the provincial legislation for recreational cannabis is available.

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Planning ​& Development Department
Chris McBeath – Major Project Planner