Recreational cannabis is now legal in British Columbia. On October 17, 2018, recreational cannabis was legalized nationwide across Canada, making it legal to possess, purchase and consume cannabis. In British Columbia, recreational cannabis is legal for any adults 19 years of age or older. To make sure the province was ready for the rollout of legal cannabis, British Columbia’s government developed regulatory framework for how the province enforces the various cannabis laws set in place by federal and provincial governments.

Known as the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act, this legislative framework is aimed at protecting the province’s children and promoting public safety while establishing an economically beneficial cannabis industry.