Your Responsibility

The Cannabis Control and Licensing Act (CCLA) is guided by the Province’s priorities of protecting children and youth, promoting health and safety, keeping the criminal element out of cannabis, keeping B.C. roads safe, and supporting economic development.

The Act

The CCLA also includes consequential amendments to various statutes, including:

Cannabis Distribution Act (CDA)

As previously announced, the Province has decided that the Liquor Distribution Branch will be the wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis in B.C. and will run provincial cannabis retail stores.

The Cannabis Distribution Act establishes

A public wholesale distribution monopoly; and Public (government-run) retail sales, both in stores and online.

Motor Vehicle Act Amendments

B.C. has increased training for law enforcement and has toughened provincial regulations by amending the Motor Vehicle Act to give police more tools to remove drug-impaired drivers from the road and deter drug-affected driving, including:

Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch

The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) will be responsible for licensing non-medical cannabis private stores and monitoring the non-medical cannabis retail sector. Visit LCRB’s non-medical cannabis retail license page for information about becoming a non-medical cannabis retailer in B.C., as well as information updates.

The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) will be B.C.’s wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis. 

If you have any further questions regarding the Province of British Columbia's Recreational Cannabis regulations,please come in and speak with one of our trained consultants or visit the B.C. government website.

The Risks of Using Cannabis

Know the Risks

Cannabis contains hundreds of organic compounds. The two with the most known effects on your brain and body are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is responsible for intoxication (also known as “the high”). Unlike THC, CBD does not produce a high or intoxication and may counteract the effects of THC.

If you are over 19 and under age 25

Your brain continues to develop until around age 25. Emerging evidence suggests that THC in cannabis may affect your brain development. Early cannabis use increases the risk of affecting the developing brain and so initiating cannabis use later in life may help to lower these risks. More frequent and heavy consumption can increase the risk of negative effects on your physical and mental well-being, even beyond the age of 25.

If you are Pregnant or Breastfeeding

THC and CBD can be passed to a fetus or newborn through blood or breast milk. Cannabis use during pregnancy has been linked to lower birth weights and developmental effects in newborns. Since there is no known safe amount of cannabis to use during pregnancy or breastfeeding, the safest approach is to not use cannabis.

If you have Children at Home

Emerging evidence suggests that children, teens, and pets are especially vulnerable to the effects of cannabis. In order to protect them from accidental poisoning, securely store cannabis products so that they can’t be accessed by children, teens, and pets. Begin talking to children about cannabis at a young age. Early use may cause irreversible harm, including mental health and education problems. It may also increase the risk of injuries, psychosis, schizophrenia, or substance use problems.

If you Drink Alchohol

Alcohol and cannabis taken together can multiply the effects of intoxication, increasing your risk of injury or harm. Avoid combining alcohol and cannabis, especially in safety-sensitive situations.

If you Drive

The THC in cannabis can affect your reaction time, decision-making skills, and ability to judge distances. Drug-affected driving is illegal in BC. As with alcohol, please plan a safe ride home before using cannabis products.

Start low, Go slow

Always use cannabis in a safe place with people you trust. Use a small amount of low THC product to start, and choose products with higher levels of CBD.

*Smoking cannabis is not recommended. Smoking cannabis may increase the risk of developing respiratory infections or chronic cough. Do not smoke or vaporize cannabis in the presence of children.

Myth Buster

It is a myth that cannabis use cannot result in disorders. Continued, frequent use can lead to physical dependency and cannabis use disorder. You may be at a higher risk if you have a family history of mental illness or other types of mental disorders. If you or someone you know is worried about cannabis use, consult your doctor.