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City issues 7th cannabis retail operator business licence

July 8 2019 –

The City of Vancouver has issued its seventh cannabis retail business licence to City Cannabis located at 2317 Cambie St.

Locations licensed to operate in Vancouver

The following seven locations are now licensed to operate a retail cannabis store in Vancouver:

  • City Cannabis Co., 2317 Cambie St
  • City Cannabis Co., 7289 Fraser St
  • City Cannabis Co., 610 Robson St
  • Evergreen Cannabis, 2868 West 4th Ave
  • Hobo, 8425 Granville St
  • Hobo, 4296 Main St
  • Muse Cannabis Store, 3039 Granville St

Receipt of a municipal business licence is the final step for cannabis retail outlets to legally operate a cannabis retail store in Vancouver. Cannabis retail outlets must also hold a municipal development permit and a provincial cannabis retail licence.

The City continues to review applications received from the Province for recommendation of a provincial cannabis licence, and is doing everything possible to coordinate with the Province and the operators to complete these steps quickly.

To date, the Province has notified the City of 42 provincial licence applications they are processing that are for locations in Vancouver. The City has recommended twenty-six of these locations for approval, as they have a valid development permit and completed the public notification requirement.

Find more information about cannabis retail stores

Requirements to operate a cannabis retail store in Vancouver

  • All cannabis retail outlets in Vancouver require a municipal development permit, a provincial licence and a municipal business licence to operate.
  • There are 64 locations in Vancouver where the City has issued land use approval (development permit) to operate a cannabis retail outlet.
  • The City has communicated the requirement for these 64 operations to come into full compliance with Provincial and City requirements.
  • If an operator has not applied for a provincial licence, they are subject to provincial and municipal enforcement.
  • As part of the process to receive a provincial licence, The Province requires municipalities to review all applications from operators in their city, seek public input to the application, and issue a letter of recommendation.
    • All Vancouver applicants must post a sign on site for 14 calendar days, indicating their intent to operate a legal cannabis retail outlet and how the public can submit feedback to the City about the application.
    • The City of Vancouver reviews the public feedback before they issue a recommendation to the Province.
    • A recommendation from the City does not guarantee that the provincial licence will be granted.

Enforcement as of July 3, 2019

  • In 2016-2017, the City filed injunctions against 53 operators, the majority of which agreed to a test case, which commenced in September 2018 in BC Supreme Court.
  • On December 13, 2018, the BC Supreme Court sided with the City and ordered the illegal marijuana dispensaries participating in the suit to shut down.
  • All of the named locations are now closed.
  • The City has identified 9 additional retail shops, which were not part of the test case, operating without a valid development permit and has either filed or is preparing to take legal action at these locations.
  • Any location operating without City land use approval is subject to enforcement by both the Province and the City - the Provincial Community Safety Unit, tasked with enforcing illegal cannabis retail sales, is now active in Vancouver.