Recreational 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.
Recreational cannabis became legal in Canada on October 17, 2018. The Province of BC, through its Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB), is responsible for regulating the recreational sale and use of cannabis in this province.
Cannabis 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 are legal for purchase from government stores, or private retail cannabis stores with a licence from the LDB
The sale of edible products remains illegal in Canada until federal legislation allows otherwise.
Retail Sale of Cannabis in Ladysmith
The sale of recreational cannabis in the Town of Ladysmith is not allowed under our Zoning Bylaw.
Many topics related to the legalization of cannabis are also beyond the powers the Town and municipalities across Canada. (see the chart below).
What we can control is where non-medical cannabis can be sold within our boundaries.
In late April, Ladysmith residents received a survey in the mail asking how you feel about the retail sale of cannabis.
The results of the survey are available here.