What about Nelson's medical cannabis rules?

Nelson’s regulations on medical cannabis were temporary measures until cannabis regulations were introduced. The only legal method to obtain it is via mail order. Under the upcoming legislation, retail cannabis outlets must be licensed by the Province and purchase their supply only from the Province. All other outlets will be considered illegal and will be subject to fines and the criminal code.

Please visit our background page on medical cannabis in Nelson for more information.

The provincial and federal governments are regulating non-medical cannabis as the federal government has decided to retain the current rules for medical cannabis stipulating that the only legal method to obtain it is through mail order from licensed production facilities.

With the legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes, the City of Nelson is taking the opportunity to consult with the community on where cannabis should be consumed, grown, and sold.

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1. I thought cannabis was already legal. What is happening now?
2. What is the City of Nelson able to regulate?
3. The federal government has made the decision to legalize cannabis. What else is being decided by the federal government?
4. What decisions has the Province of British Columbia made about cannabis legalization?
5. Why is it important for the City to pass local regulations prior to legalization?
6. What about Nelson's medical cannabis rules?
7. I’ve heard that Nelson has a moratorium to freeze the creation of new cannabis businesses. Why?
8. Our residential address has received a feedback form in the mail, but more than one household lives in our home.
9. My household or business did not receive a feedback form in the mail.
10. Why is the City’s feedback process not online?
11. Will ‘cannabis cafes’ be legal once cannabis is legal?
12. Will ‘edibles’ (cannabis food products) be legal?
13. Where will cannabis be allowed to be grown in Nelson once legal?
14. How will cannabis retail stores obtain their product?
15. What about public safety and health concerns?
16. What happens once cannabis is legalized?
17. How can I open a cannabis business in Nelson?
18. Will there be government-owned retail cannabis stores?
19. Where can I find more FAQs?