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Medical marijuana-related retail dealers and compassion clubs

To operate a medical marijuana-related retail business or compassion club in the City of Vancouver, you need a development permit and business licence.

New regulations to operate were passed by City Council on June 24, 2015.

Find out the key points of the regulations and why we adopted them

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

Effective October 17, 2018, provincially licensed cannabis retail stores will be the only locations where non-medical cannabis can be sold or purchased legally in Vancouver. There will be 3 requirements to operate a Cannabis retail store in Vancouver:

  1. A provincial cannabis retail licence
  2. A municipal development permit
  3. A municipal business licence

Details on how to apply for these will be available later this summer.

The application process

There are three steps in the permit and licensing process for medical marijuana-related retail businesses and compassion clubs.

Each application must:

  1. Find a business location that meets all City zoning requirements
  2. Obtain a development permit
  3. Obtain a business licence

Development permits and business licences are non-transferrable and must be renewed each year.

Existing applicants

Follow these steps during your application to operate a medical marijuana-related retail business and compassion club.

New applicants

Get notified about the next applicant intake.

Locations of issued permits and licences

Medical marijuana-related retail dealers and compassion clubs need both a development permit and a business licence to operate in Vancouver. Blue locations have received a development permit. Green locations have received both a development permit and a business licence.

Locations operating without City permission and subject to enforcement

These medical marijuana-related retail dealers and compassion clubs are operating outside of our approval process and are subject to enforcement. They do not have a development permit or a business license to operate. 

Name Address
Heritage Dispensary Clinic Society DBA Healing Tree 21 W Broadway
Mount Pleasant Medicinals Society (AKA Lime Life) 45 W Broadway
Sea to Sky Alternative Healing Society 68 E 2nd Av, Unit 100
Leaves of Zazie 109 E Broadway
The DUB 138 E Pender St
Red-Med 231 Abbott St
Crosstown Dispensary 312 W Hastings St
Lime Life 326 E Hastings St
Cannabis Culture (formerly Heritage Dispensary Clinic Society DBA Healing Tree) 512 Beatty St
Heritage Dispensary Clinic Society DBA Healing Tree 529 E Hastings St
Green Room Society 555 Dunsmuir St
Pacific Educational Apparels Society 725 Nelson St
Canna Farmacy Society Broadway 736 E Broadway, Unit 102
The Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary/ Hastings 880 E Hastings St
Canmed Wellness 892 Commercial Div North
Kandu Canna Meds Soc 925 Davie St
Canadian Weed Cannabis Society (aka Weeds) 1108 Richards St
604 Medicinals (formerly Lime Life) 1167 Granville St
Vancity Weed Dispensary Inc. 1181 Granville St
Canna Farmacy Society Kingway 1259 Kingsway
Medical Mary-Jane Canada Society Kensington-Cedar Cottage E 12th Ave
Vancity Medicinal Society 1299 Kingsway
Health Lifestyle 1440 E 57th Ave
The Village Dispensary 1540 W 2nd Ave
Cannibas Culture 1674 Davie St
Green Panda 1707 Robson St
Medicinal Express 1745 Nanaimo St
Canadian Weed Cannabis Society (aka Weeds) 1807 Burrard St, Unit 104
Better Living Society 1812 W 4th Av
Health Lifestyle Marijuana Supplies Centre Ltd.  2076 Kingsway
Green Cross Society of BC 2145 Kingsway
Canna Clinic Medicinal Society 2223 Commercial Dr
The Green Rhino 2231 Granville St
Eggs Canna Inc. 2235 Commercial Dr
Eggs Canna Inc. 2303 E Hastings St
West Coast Freepaw Society 2347 E Hastings St
Canna+Mart 2487 Kingsway
Canadian Weed Cannabis Society (aka Weeds) 2580 Kingsway
Evergreen Cannabis Society 2868 W 4th Ave
BC Pain Society 2908 Commercial Dr
Canna Farmacy Society Kitsilano 2935 W 4th Av
Cannibas Culture 3175 W Broadway
Lotusland Broadway Cannabis Society 3187 Main St
Cannabis Culture 3421 E Hastings St
S.W.E.D. Dispensary 3450 E Hastings St
Lotusland Broadway Cannabis Sociey 3474 W Broadway
Karuna Health Foundation 3634 W 4th Av
MediCanna 3673 E Hastings St
Gas Collective Retail Inc. (GAS Dispensary) 4153 Fraser St
Herbal Pharmacy Supplement Ltd. 4914 Victoria Dr
Canadian Weed Cannabis Society (aka Weeds) 5038 Victoria Dr
Medical Mary-Jane Canada Society 6453 Victoria Dr
The Leaf Boutique 6528 Victoria Dr
Sea tp Sky Alternative Healing Society 6636 Fraser St
Canadian Weed Cannabis Society (aka Weeds) 6657 Main St
The Healing Tree 8180 Champlain Crescent
MMJ Canada Society 8265 Main St
Kosher Leaf Society 8265 Main St
Canna Farmacy Society Marpole 8546 Granville St
Divine Ventures 8640 Granville St

Comment on an application or its appeal

We inform residents and businesses about each medical marijuana-related retail business or compassion club application with:

  • A site sign
  • A notification letter to addresses within a two-block radius

Comment on an application (listed by address and development permit number)

Preliminary applications that did not meet zoning requirements have been refused. More than 60 refused applications have been appealed to the Board of Variance. If the Board grants an appeal, the applicant can move forward in the permits and licencing process.

The Board will begin hearing appeals in February 2016. You are welcome to attend a Board meeting to comment on an appeal.

Report a concern

Have a concern about an existing business or see a new one open up? Phone 3-1-1.

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