B.C. cannabis survey sees an "unprecedented" 48,000 responses

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      The numbers are in on British Columbia’s public cannabis survey, and the province has called it "one of the most engaging in B.C.'s history".

      More than 48,000 British Columbians responded, while the province's cannabis regulation engagement website saw almost 130,000 visits, according to a November 2 media release.

      Over 130 stakeholder submissions were sent to the government by municipalities, licensed producers, dispensary operators, school districts, health organizations, and other groups. (Currently, 56 of those submissions have been posted on the province's website.)

      In addition, 800 British Columbians provided their opinions on cannabis legalization to the province through a random telephone survey.

      The release also states that engagement is "ongoing" by way of the province's working group, which was established in September. A total of 12 representatives from the Union of B.C. Municipalities and provincial representatives from the Ministry of Public Safety make up the Joint Provincial-Local Government Committee on Cannabis Regulation, which met for the first time last month.

      Solicitor General Mike Farnworth and the Ministry of Public Safety will review the feedback and release a report on the data to the public, though no official date for the report was given.

      “I’d like to thank everyone who participated in our various engagements regarding cannabis legalization over the last five weeks,” Farnworth says in the release.

      “It’s now our job to do the hard work, take your feedback and perspectives and use them to develop a responsible, made-in-B.C. approach to regulating non-medical cannabis that maximizes public health and safety.”