The B.C. government has announced “new and amended” regulations for recreational cannabis ahead of legalization day on Oct. 17. The Cannabis Control and Licensing Act replaces the Interim Licensing Regulation and covers everything from retail store and marketing licences to where cannabis can be consumed. Where can you use recreational pot? No smoking or vaping of cannabis will be allowed in indoor public places, come legalization, except in a designated room at assisted living or retirement facilities or hospitals, or in a hotel room by registered guests (although hotels have the right to prohibit). Just like cigarettes, smoking or vaping of cannabis will be banned within six metres of doorways, windows, air intakes of public buildings, bus stops or bus shelters. It will also banned on public patios. See also: Canadian government to study cannabis cyber crime Don’t try to light up on any sidewalks or boulevards next to a school property, either, which will also be banned. As will smoking or vaping cannabis in regional and municipal parks – although it will be allowed at designated campsites. No smoking of vaping of cannabis in provincial parks will be permitted either, but the B.C. government says there will be “designated smoking areas.” Just like alcohol, cannabis use will be banned on boats, except when in an assigned enclosed cabin on a commercially operated boat (the operator may still prohibit), or on a “boat with sleeping accommodations, kitchen facilities and a toilet when moored or anchored.” See also: Canadian government to study social media to explore ‘public perception’ of cannabis use And don’t think about smoking pot while you’re driving, as cannabis use in vehicles will be a big no-no. Although, it will be allowed in motorhomes or other motor vehicles, or campers or trailers when parked off a public road or forest service road where camping is allowed and when being used as a private residence. Anyone found in violation will face similar fines that would apply to liquor and tobacco. Smoking cannabis in a prohibited place will mean a $230 fine, and vaping in a prohibited place will result in a $58 ticket. As the government has previously stated, 1,000 grams of dried cannabis (or equivalent) is the maximum amount an individual will be permitted to possess in “non-public” places, like at home. What is banned? First on the list of things that will not be allowed are “cannabis delivery services,” unless otherwise authorized. Opening cannabis products or smoking of cannabis will be banned in all retail stores and no businesses will be allowed to advertise as a place to consume cannabis – or a place to go once high. Any brand that suggests a company is associated with the government will also be prohibited. The new act also states medical and non-medical cannabis production will continue to be excluded from agricultural uses that qualify for farm classification, other than industrial hemp under the federal Industrial Hemp Regulations. Meantime, the Canadian government has launched a multi-million dollar advertising campaign as legalization day nears.
Source: Rising Tide Consultants

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