Victoria not to ban Marijuana Edibles

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on May 09, 2016.

Under the proposed regulations, Canadian city Victoria won't ban marijuana candies, cookies and other edibles despite attempts by several provincial medical officials to ensure prohibition. Mayor Lisa Helps asked Chief Medical Health Officer to have Island Health address health concerns involving marijuana edibles.

Public Health Officials earlier argued that marijuana in the shape of candies and baked goods may appeal to children, increasing the risk of childhood marijuana addiction. But, the Council said it was not their job to determine or deal with such concerns.

Victoria is known for rampant marijuana use. At least 35 shops are operating in Victoria, including 32 storefront marijuana retailers. The number was just four 20 months ago. The new regulations will prohibit marijuana retailers from operating anywhere in the city unless permitted.
Under the new rule, every retailer will have to go through a rezoning process. They need to produce a presentation before the Community Association Land Use Committee and then apply for a business license. The bylaw changes should be ready by June. A key provision withing the new regulation would prohibit marijuana retailers from operating 200 meters from each other/from a school/licensed childcare facility. The limit hours will be 7 A.M. to 8 P.M.

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