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 External website, opens in new tab
Get a cannabis retail store business licence
Effective October 17, 2019, amendments to the federal Cannabis Act permit the legal production of edible cannabis, cannabis extracts, and cannabis topicals.
Business licence and development permit issued
Development permit issued
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.