Let's have licensed pot lounges, Victoria councillors urge BC

The province should develop a licensing regime to allow for designated cannabis-consumption lounges when marijuana becomes legal next year, say Victoria councillors.

“We’re seeing a need for it in our community right now, as there are lounges that are operating illegally based on our regulations and current laws,” said Coun. Jeremy Loveday.

The recommendation will be part of a suite of suggestions the city will forward to the province for consideration as it crafts regulations governing the production, sale and use of marijuana, which the federal government plans to make legal by next summer.

Mayor Lisa Helps said the city has received a lot of pushback against its prohibition on cannabis consumption in dispensaries and/or lounges. But the issue is more properly dealt with through provincial regulation, because it is a health issue, not a business- licensing issue, Helps said.

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