VICTORIA, B.C. – Adam Olsen, B.C. Green Party spokesperson for cannabis legalisation and agriculture, released the following statement regarding the government’s legislation that was introduced today.
“The health and safety of British Columbians must be the first priority as the province implements its non-medical cannabis regime,” said Olsen.
“At this stage our caucus is pleased with the government’s direction. Looking ahead, my priority is to ensure that the regime maximises business opportunities for local companies while mitigating adverse effects on existing business and communities.
“The legalisation of cannabis is a major shift, perhaps unprecedented in terms of a high-value product becoming publicly and legally accessible in a short period of time. Many British Columbians are well-placed to succeed in the resulting economic opportunities and the province should ensure the regulations enable them to do so.
“I have also heard from adjacent industries, such as agriculture, that they are concerned that legalisation could have adverse effects such as driving up the prices of ALR land due to speculation. I will be watching the rollout of these policies closely to ensure existing businesses are not adversely impacted.”
Olsen is MLA for Saanich North and the Islands.
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