Pot, liquor sales won't mix

Recreational marijuana will be sold online and through both private and government-operated retail stores in British Columbia once it becomes legal later this year.

The provincial government has announced retailers will not be able to sell marijuana at stores where liquor or tobacco is sold.

The government says it will launch a registration process for those who are interested in applying for a cannabis retail licence, but licences will not be issued without the support of local governments.

The province will also allow pot to be smoked in public places where tobacco smoking and vaping are permitted, although it will be banned in vehicles and in areas frequented by children, including beaches, parks and playgrounds.

Provincial rules for cultivation will align with the federal government's proposal, allowing adults to grow up to four pot plants per household, but growing will be banned in daycares, and landlords are allowed to prohibit cultivation.

On drug-impaired driving, the B.C. government will create a 90-day driving ban for those caught driving while impaired and it will increase training for law enforcement officers to recognize impairment.

Adults aged 19 and older will be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of non-medical marijuana in a public place, which also aligns with the federal government's proposed possession limits.


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