Cannabis in Ladysmith

‘Cannabis’ refers to any product made from the leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant.  It is also commonly known as marijuana, weed or pot.  It can be smoked, used with a vaporizer, or added to food or drinks.  Only dried and fresh cannabis, cannabis oils and seeds, and plants for personal cultivation will be legal for purchase.  The sale of edible products will remain illegal in Canada until legislation allows otherwise.

The Province of BC is responsible for regulating the sale and use of cannabis in this province.

Retail Sale of Cannabis in Ladysmith

Recreational cannabis became legal in Canada on October 17, 2018. 

Many topics related to the legalization of cannabis are beyond the powers of the Town of Ladysmith (see the chart below).  What we can control is where non-medical cannabis can be sold. So, we want to hear from you about where cannabis should be sold in Ladysmith. The sale of recreational cannabis in Ladysmith is not allowed under our zoning bylaw. We are conducting a survey in April to see how Ladysmith residents feel before making any changes to the Zoning Bylaw.

Survey of Residents

Surveys to be mailed out in late April and should arrive by the end of the month, please stay tuned for more information.

Legalization of Recreational Cannabis -
Who's Responsible for What?


Federal Government

BC Government

Town of Ladysmith

(within the federal and provincial legislation)

Possession limits

Set the minimum age to possess, buy or consume cannabis (19)

Zoning and business licensing to determine where cannabis stores may be located


Allows adults to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis in a public place

Identifying where consuming cannabis will be allowed in Ladysmith (through the Smoking Regulation Bylaw)

Regulatory compliance

Prohibits cannabis smoking and vaping everywhere tobacco smoking and vaping are prohibited, as well as at playgrounds, sports fields, skate parks, and other places where children commonly gather

Setting rules on public visibility and security requirements for growing cannabis plants at home to ensure public safety and limit nuisances (such as odours and visibility).


Authorizes adults to grow up to four cannabis plants per household, but the plants must not be visible from public spaces off the property, and home cultivation will be banned in homes used as day-cares


Setting minimum regulatory standards that the province may uphold or further restrict

Established a cannabis retail licensing regime similar to the current licensing regime for liquor


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