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Cannabis retail store business licence

All cannabis retail stores require a Provincial licence to operate in Vancouver, which is regulated and enforced by the BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch under the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act 

Get a cannabis retail store business licence

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 Effective October 17, 2019, amendments to the federal Cannabis Act permit the legal production of edible cannabis, cannabis extracts, and cannabis topicals. 

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Approved locations

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  • Blue locations have a municipal development permit and are potential future legal cannabis store locations
  • Green locations are legal licensed locations, which have a municipal development permit, a provincial retail licence, and a municipal business licence

What you need to know to ensure your personal use is legal

The federal government has legalized the recreational use of cannabis.

Regulations and jurisdiction

In June 2018, the federal government passed a bill to legalize recreational cannabis in Canada. 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.

Report a concern

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