Safe Communities

There are laws and regulations to keep our community safe. With public health and safety top of mind, the Province has passed legislation to provide legal, controlled access to non-medical cannabis in British Columbia. Information below has been summarized for your convenience from

Local and Indigenous Governments: Local and Indigenous governments have the power to make decisions based on the needs and priorities of their communities including creating bylaws or other laws with respect to property, public health and safety and nuisances.

In an effort to keep pace with federal and provincial regulations, the City of Kamloops has amended its Business Licence and Regulation Bylaw and its Zoning Bylaw. Final bylaw amendments were also made to the Development and Land Use Application Fees Bylaw and Business Licence and Regulation Bylaw.

Growing Cannabis at Home: Adults 19+ can grow up to four non-medical cannabis plants per household. These plants cannot be grown in a space that is visible from a public place. Examples of public places include parks, streets, sidewalks, sports fields, and K-12 school properties. For example, you can grow plants on your balcony, or in your yard, as long as they’re not visible from a public place.

Local and Indigenous governments can further restrict growing cannabis at home. Landlords and strata councils can also restrict or ban home-growing of non-medical cannabis on their properties.

Read more and find the resources you need to know about growing cannabis at home.

Cannabis in the Workplace: Public safety and health are vital to BC employers. And the Province has strong occupational health and safety regulations. Employers are responsible for determining if an employee is fit for work. There are numerous resources available to employers: WorkSafeBC, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety,and the Construction Industry of British Columbia Substance Abuse Testing & Treatment Program Policy.

Employers can find more information on

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