Langley marijuana activist Randy Caine gave a mostly positive review to the provincial government’s proposed plans for the legalization of recreational cannabis.
“I really like what I’m seeing in British Columbia,” Caine told The Times.
On Tuesday, provincial Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth said the legal minimum age for marijuana consumption will be set at 19, in line with alcohol and tobacco, when the federal government makes recreational use legal next July.
The BC Liquor Distribution Branch will handle wholesale distribution to both public and private retailers.
Caine said it makes sense to make the minimum age 19 so it is “completely consistent.”
He approves the move to a “blended system” where marijuana will be sold by both public and private retailers, but he doesn’t think it would be a good idea to sell marijuana in government liquor stores with wine, beer and hard liquor.
“They’re (alcohol and marijuana) very unique and different types of products,” Caine said.
“When you use them together, they don’t blend very well.”
Caine thinks marijuana should be treated like wine, not hard liquor, and he would like to see the province allow small, marijuana grow operations with sales outlets.
“Why not model ourselves a bit after vineyards?” Caine said.
“That would be a clever way to handle it.”
Caine said he is interested in becoming a retailer of non-medicinal marijuana, but not a grower.
“I would really like to do this.”
He said he’s been “having small discussions with the City and the Township” about it, but they are waiting for more details from the province.
Caine said it was personally satisfying to witness a historic shift from marijuana being criminalized to a discussion over how to regulate and sell it legally.
“It’s a very exciting moment,” Caine said.
“I’m old enough to remember when we were hunted like dogs.”
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