Government says B.C. input on legalizing pot an all time high

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B.C.’s public consultation on how to legalize pot have wrapped up, and the government says more than 48,000 British Columbians provided their views on the legalization and regulation of non-medical cannabis.

“An unprecedented number of people shared their opinions to help shape the way non-medical cannabis will be regulated in B.C.,” a government news release said Thursday.

In five weeks of being live, the B.C. Cannabis Regulation Engagement website had 127,952 visits, with 48,151 British Columbians filling out the feedback form and providing their views on topics such as minimum age, personal possession limits, public consumption, drug-impaired driving, personal cultivation, and distribution and retail models.

In addition, 800 opinions were collected by a random telephone survey. The government received 130 written submissions from organizations including local governments, school districts, cannabis industry, advocacy groups and law enforcement.

Solicitor General Mike Farnsworth will review the feedback and prepare a report that will be made available to the public.

ticrawford@postmedia.com

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