As of April 1, 2014, authorized users of "medical marihuana" must purchase it from a licensed producer. A licensed producer may possess, sell, provide, ship, deliver, transport, destroy, produce, export and/or import marihuana for medical purposes. The medical marihuana program is overseen by the Federal Government and specific details may be found under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulation.
What is medical marihuana production?
The Federal Government stipulates that medical marihuana can only be grown and sold by "licensed producers", production must be indoors, and it is subject to strict personal and physical security requirements. Production may involve packaging, labeling and shipping. More information regarding the Federal Government’s
Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) may be found at:
Does medical marihuana production qualify for farm class?
In June, 2014, the Government of British Columbia amended the
Classification of Land as a Farm Regulation (B.C. Reg. 411/95), as per the
Assessment Act, to exclude the production of any federally regulated narcotic (including medical marihuana), as qualifying for farm classification for property assessment and property tax purposes. As a result, medicinal marihuana facilities will not qualify for farm classification effective for the 2015 Assessment Roll and all future assessment rolls.
How are medicinal marihuana facilities classed as property?
A medicinal marihuana facility may be located on either Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) property or non-ALR property. However, any medicinal marihuana facility that is successfully approved and located in a community will not be eligible to apply for farm class effective for the 2015 Assessment Roll as per the provincial government’s amended regulations.
BC Assessment classifies all properties based on the
Assessment Act and all related regulations. Medicinal marihuana production properties will be assessed and classified accordingly.
Furthermore, the provincial government’s regulatory change only applies to the classification of activities related to the production of medicinal marihuana. If there are other qualifying farm activities on the land or in another building, these separate activities continue to qualify for farm class for that portion of the property as per the
Classification of Land as a Farm Regulation (B.C. Reg. 411/95). Split classifications are common for properties that have more than one use.
For more information:
If you have any questions about medical marihuana production and property classification, please contact BC Assessment at:
Telephone: 1-866-valueBC (1-866-825-8322)
Disclaimer: Where information presented is different from legislation, legislation shall prevail.