BRITISH COLOMBIA – The BC Chamber of Commercetogether with the BC Chamber Cannabis Working Group, praises the Announcement by the state government that licensed cannabis retailers will be able to supply non-medicinal cannabis products directly to consumers from July 15, 2021. In the announcement, the government also announced that it will lift safety clearance requirements for cannabis workers.
The announcement represents a political gain for the BC Chamber of Commerce. At the 2020 Annual General Meeting and Conference of the National Association, the Chamber Network a Policy resolution calling on the provincial government to enable BC’s cannabis economy in ways that include:
- Providing better access to legal cannabis in order to wipe out the existing illegal market and improve consumer health and safety;
- Reducing regulations that create operational inefficiencies for licensed retailers that do not contribute to high health and safety standards for consumers and manufacturers; and
- Review of tax policy related to cannabis.
“Kiaro Welcomes the decision to allow private regulated retailers to compete with the British Columbia government’s online cannabis store starting July 15, and to end a process of requiring retail cannabis employees to undergo worker screening – a process that stigmatized cannabis employees and billed them over $ 100 to start work in retail stores, “said Eleanor Lynch, Chief Operating Officer at Kiaro and co-chair of the BC Chamber Cannabis Working Group. “Along with Pure sun farms and other members of the Cannabis Working Group, we applaud the BC government for taking a progressive stance on these issues and positioning BC as the leader in the cannabis industry, one of the most powerful economic engines in Canada. “
“There are sensible steps to protect public health and safety and improve the viability of the legal cannabis sector,” said Fiona Famulak, President and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “And there is still a lot to be done. We look forward to continuing to work with the provincial government and stakeholders to ensure the regulatory changes introduced protect consumers and unlock BC’s burgeoning cannabis sector. “