Apply for a cannabis retail store licence

There are two cannabis business licence categories in Vancouver:

  1. Retail Dealer – Cannabis business licence: For cannabis stores that sell non-medical cannabis
  2. Compassion Club business licence: For non-profit societies that don't sell cannabis but advocate its use for medical purposes and provide a wider range of health services to their members

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 Medical-marijuana-related retail stores that have an existing City of Vancouver development permit must apply for a provincial cannabis retail store licence if they wish to operate.

 Compassion clubs do not require a provincial licence because they do not sell cannabis. Instead, they are required to apply for a municipal business licence.