Cannabis Regulation

Recreational use of cannabis is expected to be legalized in Canada in October 2018. Many of the decisions surrounding cannabis legalization will be made by the provincial and federal governments. Meanwhile, Bowen Island Municipality is responsible for setting out land use regulations for the production and sale of cannabis, before legalization.

Council is considering changes to the Land Use Bylaw that would prohibit the cultivation, production, packaging, storage, distribution, trading, or selling of cannabis in all zones on Bowen Island. The exception would be where these uses are permitted as a farm use, where permitted for medical purposes, or where specifically permitted through a Temporary Use Permit or a rezoning application.

The intention of this bylaw is not to prohibit the recreational consumption of cannabis, but to regulate where cannabis is produced and sold on Bowen Island.

The bylaw has received second reading and is proceeding to a public hearing.

If adopted, Land Use Amendment Bylaw 455, 2018 would require rezoning applications for recreational cannabis retail to be considered by Council and the community on a case-by-case basis. The Municipality could then spot-zone to allow cannabis sales after community input has been received.

A Public Hearing will be held on Monday, July 9th at 6:45 pm, where Council will receive submissions from the public on the proposed bylaw.

Ways you can have your say: Speak at the Public Hearing, or write to Mayor and Council.

The proposed bylaw and background information may be viewed on this webpage below, or at Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane, during office hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays).

More on Cannabis Legislation

The federal government is involved with most questions around cannabis legalization, such as possession limits, taxation, regulatory compliance, and education. It is also establishing minimum regulatory standards that each province may uphold or further restrict.

More information about federal jurisdiction

In preparation for the federal government's legalization of non-medical cannabis, the BC provincial government has made a number of decisions about what the provincial regulatory framework will look like.

More information about provincial jurisdiction

Background Information

Notice of Public Hearing

Notice of public hearing on July 9th, 2018. 6:45 pm at Municipal Hall.

Proposed Bylaw

Bowen Island Municipality Land Use Amendment Bylaw No. 455, 2018

The base bylaw being amended is available for inspection at the Bowen Island Municipal Hall.

Council Resolutions

February 13, 2018, RES#18-67 

It was Moved and Seconded

That Council direct staff to identify and assess the options available to the municipality for responding to the potential community impacts of the legalization of non-medical cannabis.


February 26, 2018, RES#18-82

It was Moved and Seconded

That Council direct staff to prepare an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw to include, "No person shall use any land, building, or structure for the sale, production or distribution of cannabis."


March 26, 2018, RES#18-137

It was Moved and Seconded

That Bylaw No. 455, 2018 cited as “Bowen Island Municipality Land Use Bylaw No. 57, 2002, Amendment Bylaw No. 455, 2018 be read a first time;

That Council refer Bylaw No. 455, 2018 to the Advisory Planning Commission and the Islands Trust; and

That Council direct staff to report back with the results of the referral of the appplication.


May 28, 2018, RES#18-234

It was Moved and Seconded

That Bylaw 455, 2018, section 3.12 a. be amended to "as a farm use permitted by the Agricultural Land Commission Act Regulations and Policies within the Agricultural Land Reserve."



It was Moved and Seconded

That Bylaw No. 455, 2018 cited as “Bowen Island Municipality Land Use Bylaw No. 57, 2002, Amendment Bylaw No. 455, 2018 be read a second time as amended; and

That Council refer Bylaw No. 455, 2018 to a Public Hearing.



It was Moved and Seconded

That Council direct the Communications Team to prepare a communication plan to articulate the intent of the Cannabis Bylaw.


Committee Resolutions

April 16, 2018 – Advisory Planning Commission

It was Moved and Seconded
That the Advisory Planning Commission support Bylaw No. 455, 2018 regarding the regulation of cannabis, as presented at its Monday, April 16, 2018 meeting with the following comment:

That Council not apply unduly restrictive conditions to future commercial applications, including but not limited to, location and process.


Staff Reports & Presentations

Public Comments

No public comments have been received as of June 28, 2018.

Islands Trust

Last Updated on 2018-06-29 at 9:41 AM