Cannabis Regulation Framework

On October 17, 2018, the federal Cannabis Act legalized the sale and consumption of non-medical cannabis, subject to additional provincial and local regulations.

The federal government is responsible for the legalization of recreational cannabis under the Cannabis Act, as well as related impaired driving amendments to the Criminal Code. The provincial government regulates how cannabis is consumed, including minimum purchase and consumption age, possession limits, and wholesale and retail distribution.

Local governments have the authority to regulate certain aspects of the cannabis industry, including if and where cannabis-related businesses may be located, and how these businesses may be approved.

Coquitlam's proposed approach to regulating cannabis

Since cannabis became legal in 2018, and following an extensive period of background research including a review of the approaches taken by other municipalities, the City of Coquitlam is now developing a Cannabis Regulatory Framework. The Framework will guide how the City will implement policies, guidelines, and regulations for cannabis production, processing facilities and retail stores in Coquitlam.

Thank you for participating

The public engagement period has closed, and staff will be reviewing the input and reporting back to Council later this year. The information obtained will be used to inform the City's Cannabis Regulatory Framework, which will guide decision-making on how cannabis-related businesses will be regulated in the community.

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On October 17, 2018, the federal Cannabis Act legalized the sale and consumption of non-medical cannabis, subject to additional provincial and local regulations.

The federal government is responsible for the legalization of recreational cannabis under the Cannabis Act, as well as related impaired driving amendments to the Criminal Code. The provincial government regulates how cannabis is consumed, including minimum purchase and consumption age, possession limits, and wholesale and retail distribution.

Local governments have the authority to regulate certain aspects of the cannabis industry, including if and where cannabis-related businesses may be located, and how these businesses may be approved.

Coquitlam's proposed approach to regulating cannabis

Since cannabis became legal in 2018, and following an extensive period of background research including a review of the approaches taken by other municipalities, the City of Coquitlam is now developing a Cannabis Regulatory Framework. The Framework will guide how the City will implement policies, guidelines, and regulations for cannabis production, processing facilities and retail stores in Coquitlam.

Thank you for participating

The public engagement period has closed, and staff will be reviewing the input and reporting back to Council later this year. The information obtained will be used to inform the City's Cannabis Regulatory Framework, which will guide decision-making on how cannabis-related businesses will be regulated in the community.

Stay informed

Sign up to receive updates on this project by clicking the "Subscribe" button above.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    This survey will ask your opinion about how the City proposes to regulate cannabis-related businesses in Coquitlam. Depending how much detail you choose to provide, the survey should take 5 to 10 minutes.


    How Your Input Will Be Used
    Your input will help us understand the level of community support for the City's proposed approach, which will inform Coquitlam’s Cannabis Regulatory Framework.


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