Cannabis retail stores

The sale of non-medical cannabis will be legal on October 17, 2018

As of October 17, 2018, all cannabis retail stores will require a Provincial licence to operate in Vancouver, which will be regulated and enforced by the BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch under the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act External website.

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Vancouver operators will also require a municipal development permit and a municipal business licence. Compassion clubs will be allowed to offer services but not sell cannabis.

For medical cannabis, please refer to the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) External website.

Businesses with issued permits and licences

Medical-marijuana-related retail stores and compassion clubs that have an existing City of Vancouver development permit must apply for a provincial cannabis retail store licence if they wish to operate after October 17, 2018.

Upon receipt of a provincial licence, retailers must obtain a new municipal business licence.

Regulations and jurisdiction

In June 2018, the federal government passed a bill to legalize recreational cannabis in Canada, which takes effect on October 17, 2018. The provincial government has provided new regulations for businesses to operate.

We've updated our Zoning and Development and our License bylaws to ensure Vancouver cannabis retailers operate in adherence to all regulations.

Read an overview of each level of government's jurisdiction.

Approved locations

Blue locations have a development permit. Green locations have a development permit and have been operating with a business licence issued under the previous medical marijuana-related and compassion club licensing program.

Unapproved locations

Businesses at these locations are operating outside of our approval process and are subject to enforcement.

Report a concern

Have a concern about a cannabis business? Phone 3-1-1.