I’ve heard that Nelson has a moratorium to freeze the creation of new cannabis businesses. Why?

City Council adopted a moratorium on recreational cannabis in January 2018. The moratorium places a freeze on new cannabis businesses as an interim measure to allow time to sufficiently consult with the community leading up to the national legalization of cannabis in summer 2018. This is being done to ensure that the public has a say in the future of cannabis regulations in Nelson.

After consultation and significant deliberation, City Council will make a decision on the regulations that will pertain to legalized cannabis.

 Existing medical cannabis dispensaries will not receive preferential treatment or priority. They will be able to apply for a provincial licence in order to continue to operate as a retail cannabis outlet following legalization in summer 2018.

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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?