CSRD Cannabis Policy

The CSRD is requesting public input to assist in developing a Cannabis Policy for the six Electoral Areas of the Regional District.  The federal government intends to legalize cannabis in Canada by July 1, 2018 so the goal is to have a policy in place before that date.

Comments can be submitted until June 4th, 2018.

Please read the background information before submitting your comments below

Background:

While the Federal and Provincial governments are responsible for many aspects of the legalization framework, local government will still play a key role in the area of land use planning for cannabis retail stores and production facilities.  

The Province of British Columbia will regulate the retail and wholesale framework and has determined that cannabis retail stores will be licensed through the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB).   Local governments have been given the option to provide comments and recommendations on all licence applications but must first gather the views of residents before responding to the LCLB with a formal recommendation of support or non-support.

The Government of Canada licenses all cannabis production facilities (cultivation and processing) and is currently reviewing their licensing process to determine how local governments and other agencies will be engaged. 

On April 19th, 2018 the CSRD Board directed staff to develop a policy which will address cannabis production and retail sale in all six CSRD electoral areas.  To learn more about the options presented to the Board, please click the following link:  Cannabis Legalization Framework for the CSRD.

Please review the proposed policy framework below and provide any comments in the box at the bottom of the page.

The CSRD Cannabis Policy is proposed to include:

1. Policy statements to deter cannabis related businesses from operating in residential areas.

2. Locational guidelines for cannabis production facilities, and cannabis retail sales.  The guidelines may establish:

  • minimum distances between cannabis related business, and sensitive locations such as schools, parks, day cares, and heath care facilities, etc.
  • minimum setbacks to separate cannabis related buildings and structures from parcel boundaries (on the parcel in which the business is located)

3. The process and procedures for receiving and reviewing referrals and applications for cannabis production facilities, and cannabis retail sales.  For example, the policy can establish:

  • what information needs to be included in a referral package submitted to the CSRD
  • the method for gathering public feedback

What the policy can’t address:

  • cannabis production for personal medical purposes (Federally regulated)
  • age limits (Provincially regulated)
  • distribution and wholesale (Provincially regulated)
  • retail/wholesale framework (Provincially regulated)

What the CSRD Board believes the policy should not address:

  • additional rules regarding personal cultivation of cannabis (the Federal Government is proposing 4 plants max per residence)
  • additional rules regarding public consumption of cannabis (the Province will prohibit cannabis smoking and vaping everywhere tobacco smoking and vaping are prohibited, as well as at playgrounds, schools, sports fields, skate parks, and other places where children commonly gather)
  • capping the number of cannabis related business in a particular neighbourhood, community or Electoral Area (will be controlled by market demand)

Definitions:

CANNABIS means all parts of the genus cannabis whether growing or not, the seed or clone of such plants, including derivatives and products containing cannabis.

CANNABIS PRODUCTION FACILITY means the use of land, buildings or structures for: research and development; testing; cultivation; production; processing; administration; storage; packaging; labeling; or distribution, of cannabis and related substances.


Comment Form:

Thank you for taking the time to provide your comments! 

Please contact plan@csrd.bc.ca or 250-832-8194 if you have any questions regarding this initiative.


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