A joint provincial-local government committee that will consider policies related to cannabis legalization and regulation in British Columbia is set to begin meeting later this week.
Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth announced the creation of the Joint Provincial-Local Government Committee on Cannabis Regulation (JCCR) at the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) convention in September.
The purpose of the committee is to provide a forum for communication and consultation so that the Province considers local government input during the development of the regulatory framework for legalized non-medical cannabis.
UBCM has appointed 12 representatives to the JCCR drawn from elected officials, staff specializing in planning, building inspection, bylaw enforcement or public safety, and senior staff. Provincial representatives are provided through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
The first meeting of the JCCR took place on Friday, Oct. 20.
The joint committee will include members of the B.C. Government Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat and the following UBCM members:
- Wendy Booth, director, Regional District of East Kootenay
- Kerry Jang, councillor, City of Vancouver
- Maja Tait, mayor, District of Sooke
- Brian Frenkel, councillor, District of Vanderhoof
- Chris Coates, clerk, City of Victoria
- Kevin Cormack, chief administrative officer, City of Nelson
- Kathryn Holm, chief licence inspector, City of Vancouver
- Dave Jones, business license inspector, City of Kamloops
- Peter Monteith, chief administrative officer, City of Chilliwack
- Terry Waterhouse, director of public safety, City of Surrey
- Ian Wells, general manager, planning and development, City of Prince George
- Gary MacIsaac, executive director, Union of B.C. Municipalities
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