What happens once cannabis is legalized?

Once cannabis is legalized:

  • Smoking and vaping cannabis in Nelson will be limited by our Clean Air Bylaw which includes a 7-metre buffer zone around all public entrances to buildings and no smoking in parks, in the cemetery, in transit stops, or on school or health board properties.
  • Individuals aged 19 and older will be able to possess up to 30 grams of legal dried cannabis or equivalent in non-dried form, and they will be able to share up to 30 grams with other adults.
  • Individuals will be able to purchase cannabis from a provincially licensed retailer only if the province has set up a retail system.

The federal government has stated that individuals will be able to grow up to four cannabis plants per household for personal use from licensed seed or seedlings. The Province may also put in further restrictions around number of plants, as well as around public visibility and security requirements and administrative penalties.

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1. I thought cannabis was already legal. What is happening now?
2. What is the City of Nelson able to regulate?
3. The federal government has made the decision to legalize cannabis. What else is being decided by the federal government?
4. What decisions has the Province of British Columbia made about cannabis legalization?
5. Why is it important for the City to pass local regulations prior to legalization?
6. What about Nelson's medical cannabis rules?
7. I’ve heard that Nelson has a moratorium to freeze the creation of new cannabis businesses. Why?
8. Our residential address has received a feedback form in the mail, but more than one household lives in our home.
9. My household or business did not receive a feedback form in the mail.
10. Why is the City’s feedback process not online?
11. Will ‘cannabis cafes’ be legal once cannabis is legal?
12. Will ‘edibles’ (cannabis food products) be legal?
13. Where will cannabis be allowed to be grown in Nelson once legal?
14. How will cannabis retail stores obtain their product?
15. What about public safety and health concerns?
16. What happens once cannabis is legalized?
17. How can I open a cannabis business in Nelson?
18. Will there be government-owned retail cannabis stores?
19. Where can I find more FAQs?