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Retail, Wholesale Cannabis Distribution and Sales in Canada

How to get a retail license to sell marijuana in British Columbia

Any person, business, corporation or organization can apply for a license to legally operate a business to produce, distribute or sell marijuana in Canada.

British Columbia cannabis retail distribution and sales licensing

  • British Columbia

After considering input from 48,951 British Columbians, and submissions from 141 local and Indigenous governments and a range of other interested stakeholders, the Province has announced a number of key decisions related to the anticipated legalization of recreational (non-medical) cannabis in July 2018.

Retail sales and distribution of cannabis:

The Province anticipates establishing a retail model that includes both public and private retail opportunities and will share details regarding the model in early 2018.

Wholesale distribution of cannabis:

Like other provinces, B.C. will have a government-run wholesale distribution model. The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) will be the wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis in B.C.

Minimum age:

British Columbia will set the minimum age to possess, purchase and consume cannabis at 19 years old. A minimum age of 19 is consistent with B.C.ís minimum age for alcohol and tobacco and with the age of majority in B.C.

B.C. Cannabis Private Retail Licencing

Application process

What is the process for applying for a recreational (non-medical) cannabis retail licence?

When the BC government cannabis retail application portal opens, you may start the application process by entering the required information and documents. This will allow you to provide the required information early so that the assessment of your application can begin as soon as possible once the applicable cannabis legislation is passed.

How long will the application process take?

The B.C. government will conduct thorough reviews of applicants and applications in order to ensure that licensed retailers will operate in a safe and lawful manner. A significant number of applications are anticipated, and plans are being put in place to enable the applications to be processed as efficiently as possible.

Will there be an application fee?

Yes, each applicant will be required to pay an application fee and a licensing fee. The amount of the fees has not yet been determined. Once the fees have been determined, they will be announced.


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