Victoria sets 19 as minimum age for pot purchasing

By Greg Fry
December 5, 2017 - 10:22am

KAMLOOPS — British Columbians will have to be at least 19 years of age before they can legally purchase marijuana in this province.

That's one element to some new regulations the provincial government announced Tuesday following two months of public engagement earlier this fall.

The province says the minimum of 19 years of age is "consistent with B.C.'s minimum age for alcohol and tobacco" use.

B.C. has also announced a government-run wholesale distribution model whereby the BC Liquor Distribution Branch will be the wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis in B.C.

The government anticipates establishing a retail model that "includes both public and private retail opportunities." Those details will be shared early next year.

The province says B.C. still has a number of "key decisions to make" as it prepares for the legalization of marijuana on July 1, 2018.

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