Canada: British Columbia govt bans “promoting cannabis in licensed establishments” trport………..The B.C. government has banned advertising and anything else that could be construed as promoting cannabis in licensed establishments. That includes restaurants as well as bars, and it is in effect for events that have special permits.

“In keeping with the province’s public health messaging about the dangers of cannabis and alcohol co-use, this new policy prohibits the promotion of cannabis on any liquor-licensed premises and at events held under a special event permit,” the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) said in a policy directive that Business in Vancouver obtained.

The letter was sent to all LCRB staff, licensees, industry associations, local governments, First Nations and police agencies.

“In accordance with section 15(1)(b) of the Liquor Control and Licensing Act, this prohibition is now in the terms and conditions of the special event permit, as well as the following licence types:

  • Catering
  • Food Primary
  • Liquor Primary
  • Manufacturer
  • Licensed Retail Store
  • U-Brew and U-Vin
  • Wine Store and Special Wine Store”


They have also been forbidden, like tobacco manufacturers, from advertising in places where the content could be attractive to those younger than 18 years old. That means no radio, television or newspaper advertising. They also are forbidden from advertising their prices.

Health Canada, before October 17, 2018, when legalization went into effect, revealed that it had already warned a handful of unidentified cannabis producers about their marketing initiatives.

Those companies may have been Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED; NYSE:CGC), which owns the Tweed brand, and Aurora Cannabis (TSX:ACB), given that those companies both bought billboard advertising in Toronto.

One way that these companies had believed that they would be able to market products in a bland way would be to put their brand and a cryptic message in a sign above urinals in bars. After all, those places are age-gated in that those who are not of legal age would not be able to see the marketing material.

Tweed did that, for example. It still had no celebrity endorsements or text that suggested that its products would enhance a lifestyle. Instead it used banal phrases, such as “Is Tweed a code name?”

That advertising is now officially banned.

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