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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
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
The Province anticipates
establishing a retail model that
includes both public and private
retail opportunities and will share
details regarding the model in early
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.
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
B.C. Cannabis Private Retail
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
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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