Sponsors: District of Mackenzie
WHEREAS it is likely that a substantial portion of the regulatory burden and associated costs for compliance with and enforcement of the new cannabis legislation will fall on Local Government;
AND WHEREAS Local Government does not currently have the resources to deal with these issues:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Provincial Government to take whatever measures necessary to regulate the consumption of recreational cannabis in the same way they do with alcohol and prohibit consumption in public places, vehicles and workplaces.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership has not previously endorsed a resolution that specifically requests the Province regulate the consumption of non-medical cannabis similar to alcohol, prohibiting consumption in public places, vehicles and workplaces.
UBCM members have endorsed resolution 2017-SR1, which among other things requested that the Province provide funding to address “responsibilities and increase in administrative burden” related to the regulation of non-medical cannabis. In response to this resolution, the Province noted, among other things, cited its recent announcement regarding a provincial regulatory framework for non-medical cannabis. This announcement included details of its regulations regarding public consumption, including the extension of existing tobacco restrictions towards cannabis consumption, allowing consumption in public except for areas frequented by children, such as beaches and parks, as well as inside vehicles. Similar to tobacco use, additional restrictions will be at the discretion of local governments. These regulations are in alignment with recommendations endorsed by UBCM and the Joint Provincial-Local Government Committee on Cannabis Regulation (JCCR).
The JCCR provides a forum for local governments to share their experiences and knowledge, and discuss issues of interest or concern with the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat. Since October 2017, local governments and the Province have worked collaboratively to develop a BC framework for non-medical cannabis legalization, and in the process gain understanding of local government responsibilities and costs associated with legalization.