Cannabis Retail Sales Public Consultation

Upcoming Public Consultation Events

Join in the conversation this fall as we gather your views on whether to permit the retail sales of cannabis in the Township of Langley and if permitted, how to regulate sales.

To provide your opinion on options for permitting and regulating cannabis retail sales, please respond to our online survey or attend one of three public open houses being held in your community:

Tuesday, October 8, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
W.C. Blair Recreation Centre, 22200 Fraser Highway – Room 1

Thursday, October 10, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Langley Events Centre, 7888 - 200 Street

Wednesday, October 16, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Aldergrove Rotary Field House, 26845 - 27 Avenue

The views gathered through the upcoming survey and public open houses will be presented to Council and guide policy regarding cannabis retail sales.

Background

On October 17, 2018, the federal Cannabis Act and Cannabis Regulations came into effect,

legalizing recreational cannabis. Cannabis edible, extracts, and topical products are expected to be legalized by the federal government in late 2019. Currently, cannabis retail sales are not permitted in the Township of Langley.  

Federal, provincial, and municipal governments have differing roles in regulating cannabis. The figure below illustrates a simple breakdown of some of the responsibilities related to retail sales.

Regulating Cannabis

*Adapted from Federation of Canadian Municipalities “Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization”

Cannabis is available legally through government-run stores and the online store operated by the BC Liquor Distribution Branch as well as licensed private retailers. In the Township of Langley, no government-run stores or licensed private retailers currently exist.

The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch is responsible for issuing licenses for cannabis retail stores. Before a license is issued, the local government, where the proposed store is located, is required to provide a positive recommendation. The Township of Langley is conducting public consultation on cannabis retail sales in order to understand the desires and opinions of community members and stakeholders.

For more information on non-medical cannabis, please see:


Public Consultation

The Township of Langley is undertaking public engagement to gather the views and preferences of residents and stakeholders regarding cannabis retail sales. The results of public consultation will be used to inform policy about cannabis retail sales.

Policy development is taking place over three phases:

Phase 1 – Background Research: Best practice research was conducted to identify options for regulating cannabis retail sales in local municipalities.

Phase 2 – Public Engagement: Public engagement is taking place to gather the views and preferences of residents and stakeholders. Stakeholders will be informed and educated about the options for cannabis retail and their views will be gathered through a survey and at public open houses. An engagement summary will be published at the end of this phase.

Public engagement has several goals:

  • Provide information on the current regulatory scheme and options for cannabis retail
  • Gather the views of the stakeholders on how cannabis retail sales should be regulated and if cannabis retail sales should be permitted
  • Communicate to Council the views of the stakeholders gathered through the public engagement program

Public Open Houses will be held at multiple locations across the Township in October 2019. Event dates, locations, and times will be published at the top of this page in early fall and sent to eNews subscribers.

The survey will go live in October and will be available for four weeks through a link at the top of this page and sent to E-Notification subscribers. A paper version will also be available at the public open houses. The survey will collect public opinion on policy options for cannabis retail sales, including whether cannabis retail sales should be permitted in the Township of Langley.

If you are interested in updates on cannabis retail sales in the Township of Langley, please sign up for eNews to receive the latest information, including future opportunities for public input.

Phase 3 – Development of Regulatory Framework: Based on the research conducted in Phase 1 and results of public engagement in Phase 2, a regulatory framework for cannabis retail sales will be developed and presented to Council in late 2019 or early 2020. The framework will address issues such as the prohibition or allowance of cannabis retail stores and a proposed retail model, if cannabis retail sales are to be permitted within the Township of Langley.
 

FAQs

No, the Township of Langley Zoning Bylaw does not permit retail sales of cannabis. Non-medical cannabis may be obtained legally only through the BC Government online store. Medical cannabis dispensaries are illegal and are subject to law enforcement action.
No, minors are not permitted in cannabis retail stores, even if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
No, consumption of cannabis is not permitted in any cannabis retail store and stores cannot provide samples.
No, medical and non-medical cannabis are the same, however the regulations surrounding them are different.
Yes, the Township may collect a business licence fee. There is no arrangement to share revenue collected by senior levels of government.

Contact

Community and Policy Planning
cannabis@tol.ca