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BC Considers Patio Consumption

The BC government is seeking industry feedback around changing the regulations related to the places people can consume cannabis, including patios.

Background

In early 2023, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General released its 2022 What We Heard Report, which included findings related to public opinion concerning possible licensed cannabis consumption spaces in the province.

In April, BC announced its plans at the BC Cannabis Summit to embark on work to gradually enable cannabis-related hospitality and tourism opportunities, which are currently limited by provincial and federal laws.

Industry Consultation

As a first step, the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) is proposing the following:

  • Remove the provincial restrictions on promoting places to consume cannabis or spend time at after consuming cannabis.
  • Allow people in BC to consume cannabis on a patio where smoking and vaping is already allowed.

The LCRB is not proposing to change where cannabis consumption is currently permitted, except where smoking and vaping is already allowed. Currently, cannabis consumption is not allowed in cannabis stores. The LCRB is not considering changes that would allow for cannabis consumption in a licensee’s establishment at this time.

Recommendation Expected This Fall

The LCRB Is currently engaging with the cannabis business community, local and Indigenous governments, and Indigenous partners to better understand how these potential changes would impact them. It is proposing to bring a recommendation to government this fall.

The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General says, “A key priority is to ensure that existing licensed cannabis businesses in BC can benefit from the expanded business opportunities that will result from the evolving provincial framework.”

Cannabis retail licensees, cannabis industry organizations, First Nations governments and Indigenous organizations, and local governments are invited to submit their feedback to the LCRB until August 11, 2023.

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