INTRODUCTION

The Government of Canada has indicated that recreational cannabis will become legal by July 2018. Provincial governments across Canada will be responsible for deciding how recreational cannabis will be distributed and sold within their provincial boundaries. The Government of British Columbia has indicated that municipalities across the province will have a role in developing policies and regulations for recreational cannabis that are within their control and responsibility. The City of Nanaimo is looking for feedback to help inform changes and updates to affected bylaws, and input on developing new bylaws or policies to respond to the legalization of recreational cannabis.


BUSINESS REGULATIONS

The Government of British Columbia has indicated that rules will be established to guide locations and hours of operation for specialized cannabis retail stores.

Do you SUPPORT placing minimum distance restrictions that cannabis retail stores can be from:

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Do you OPPOSE placing minimum distance restrictions that cannabis retail stores can be located from:

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In British Columbia, liquor stores are allowed to operate between 10 am and 2 am, seven days a week. Should cannabis retail stores operating in Nanaimo have:
The Government of British Columbia's proposed legislation would allow for two kinds of retail sales: privately operated retail stores and government operated online retail.
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Once recreational cannabis is legal, how likely might you be to purchase cannabis from a retail store?
Once recreational cannabis is legal, how likely might you be to purchase cannabis online?

CONSUMPTION

The Government of British Columbia has proposed that British Columbians will be allowed to consume cannabis in their homes and in some public places where smoking and vaping tobacco is allowed. Use will be banned in cars, in areas frequented by children, from hospitals and school properties and from any place where smoking and vaping tobacco is restricted. Municipal governments may have the ability to further regulate where cannabis can be consumed.


The City of Nanaimo also regulates smoking and vaping tobacco through the Smoking Bylaw. This bylaw restricts where people can smoke or use e-cigarettes by banning smoking in indoor public places (any place where the public may have access) and at outdoor public facilities (transit stops, playgrounds and outdoor recreational areas).

Should the rules regarding consumption of cannabis in public places be:

Under the Government of British Columbia's Gaming and Liquor Act, people can only consume alcohol in a private residence, or in a licensed premise, such as a bar, lounge, or restaurant. Consuming alcohol in public places (buildings open to the public, streets and vehicles) is prohibited.

Should the rules regarding consumption of cannabis in public places be:
Overall, do you think the rules around public consumption of cannabis should be:
Please select any places you feel ARE acceptable for people to consume cannabis;

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Please select any places you feel ARE NOT acceptable for people to consume cannabis;

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How should The City of Nanaimo approach cannabis use at festivals and events?

VENUES FOR CONSUMPTION

Initially, venues specific for consuming cannabis will not be permitted. Bill 26 provides the Government of British Columbia with authority to license these types of establishments in the future, and this issue will be re-explored once the system for cannabis is established and guidelines for edible cannabis products have been set by the federal government.


Although the Government of British Columbia will not make any decisions about consumption venues for some time, if provincial regulations eventually do allow for this would you support or oppose venues which allow consumption in the form of smoking or vaping?
Although the Government of Canada will not make any decisions about legalizing edible cannabis products for some time, if provincial regulations eventually do allow for this would you support or oppose venues which allow for consumption of edibles?

HOME GROWING

Federal laws will allow Nanaimo residents to grow a maximum of four plants per household. The Government of British Columbia has indicated that it will align with the federal governmentís decision, but will restrict growing to indoors. Growing cannabis plants outdoors will not be allowed.

The Government of British Columbia has also indicated that renters, condo-dwellers and those who live in multi-family dwellings may be restricted from growing cannabis in their homes based on rules established in rental agreements or condominium bylaws.

Where should cannabis plants be permitted to be grown?

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ADDITIONAL FEEDBACK


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OTHER INFORMATION

To help us better understand your previous responses, please complete the following questions.

Do you support or oppose the legalization of cannabis for recreational use in Canada?
Do you have children under the age of 18 in your household?
Do you currently own or rent your home?
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What type of home do you live in ?
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Which of the following age groups do you fall into?
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Are you completing this survey on behalf of:
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