Sooke hazy on pot regulation

By July 1, 2018, Canadians will likely be able to smoke marijuana recreationally and legally

Sooke, like most municipalities, is still struggling with pot regulation ahead of regulation.

By July 1, 2018, Canadians across the country will likely be able to smoke marijuana recreationally and legally.

The federal government tabled marijuana legislation earlier this year, with a number of restrictions, including, purchasers must be at least 18 years of age, a maximum of 30 grams can be carried at any time and households can grow up to four plants.

However, each province can independently determine the legal age, as well as how and where legal marijuana may be sold.

But so far, little else has been said – putting locally government in a bind.

“There’s going to be a significant impact in local government,” said Sooke Mayor Maja Tait.

“There really hasn’t been any information. We need to be prepared for it.”

Tait learned at the recent Union of B.C. Municipalities that the province has done little, if any work on the file, mainly due to the change in the provincial government.

The UBCM has struck a committee to look of the ramifications of marijuana legalization and the B.C. NDP government is open to consultation.

Tait said while the senior governments dicker with the details, it will be municipalities that will need to look at enforcement, zoning and other regulations.

“It completely falls on us,” Tait said.