What is the federal government’s responsibility in cannabis sales and production?

The federal government is responsible for establishing and maintaining a comprehensive and consistent national framework for regulating cannabis production, setting standards for health and safety, and establishing criminal prohibitions. More specifically, the federal government is responsible for the following: 

•    Establishing restrictions on adult access to cannabis, including purchasing through an appropriate framework, sourcing from a well-regulated industry, or growing safely in limited amounts at home;

•    Establishing serious criminal penalties for those operating outside the legal system, especially those who provide cannabis to youth;

•    Creating rules to limit how cannabis or cannabis accessories can be promoted, packaged, labelled and displayed, to protect youth;

•    Instituting a federal licensing regime for cannabis production that will set and enforce health and safety requirements and protect against the involvement of organized crime in the legal industry;

•    Establishing industry-wide rules on the types of products that will be allowed for sale, standardized serving sizes and potency, the use of certain ingredients and good production practices, as well as the tracking of cannabis from seed to sale to prevent diversion to the illicit market;

•    Creating minimum federal conditions that provincial and territorial legislation for distribution and retail sale would be required to meet, to ensure a reasonably consistent national framework to promote safety (e.g., adequate measures would need to be in place to prevent diversion, cannabis could not be sold to youth, and only legally produced cannabis could be sold);

•    Establishing the ability for the federal government to license distribution and sale in any province or territory that does not enact such legislation;

•    Enforcing the law at the border, while maintaining the free flow of legitimate travel and trade; and

•    Establishing and maintaining the national framework for cannabis for medical purposes.

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1. What is the current framework for cannabis use in the City of Revelstoke?
2. What is the process the City is undertaking to prepare for cannabis legalization on October 17, 2018?
3. How can residents of Revelstoke provide in input?
4. What is the federal government’s responsibility in cannabis sales and production?
5. What is the provincial government’s responsibility in cannabis sales and production?
6. What is the City’s responsibility in cannabis sales and production?
7. Why is it important for the City to pass local regulations prior to legalization?
8. Will residents have an opportunity to provide input if new cannabis-related businesses are proposed in the City?
9. What is the City able to regulate?
10. Where will cannabis be grown?
11. Will I be able to grow cannabis at home?
12. As a londlord or as part of a strata, what are my rights in terms of restricting cannabis cultivation on my property?
13. How can I currently access cannabis for medical purposes and will this change with legalization of recreational cannabis?
14. What about all of the existing cannabis retails stores / dispensaries? Are they legal?
15. Will “cannabis cafes” be legal once cannabis is legal?
16. Will cannabis edibles (food products) be legal?
17. Who will regulate cannabis sales?
18. How will cannabis retail stores obtain their product?
19. What happens when cannabis is legalized on October 17, 2018?
20. What are the ricks of cannabis use?
21. What are the economic impacts of cannabis-related businesses?
22. How can I open a cannabis business in Revelstoke?
23. When can private retailers apply for a license?
24. How can I purchase cannabis once legalized on October 17, 2018?
25. Where can I find more information on cannabis for medical and non-medical purposes?