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The Marijuana Dispensary - Dispensaries in Canada

With the inception of non-profit medical cannabis compassion clubs in the mid-late 1990's in Canada, many people started a wave of marijuana dispensaries in response to the profitable aspect of the nascent medical cannabis industry, especially in the province of BC.

Like compassion clubs, marijuana dispensaries are also illegal, although many business people choose to open dispensaries in cities where marijuana is a very low priority target for law enforcement action.

The tolerance level in each city seems directly related to both geographical location in Canada and the level of responsibility of the dispensary operator in adopting strict policies such as not selling to minors and maintaining a professional and open approach to operating. However, the fact is they are still illegal.

With the recent municipal regulating of compassion clubs, there are also major cities in Canada now starting to regulate marijuana dispensaries with licensing agreements, such as the City of Vancouver and Victoria, BC.

There is significant public support for the medical use of cannabis. Dispensaries serve the community by offering a range of services for clients, typically including a storefront location. This allows the customer to visit and speak face-to-face with a person and view the wide range of available marijuana products.

Dispensaries differ from compassion clubs in that dispensaries are often operated as for-profit ventures or businesses, whereas medical clubs are usually operated strictly as non-profit health-related societies.

However, many dispensaries also have health professionals nearby that will attest to your need for cannabis as medicine. Before you consider opening a marijuana dispensary in Canada, it is highly advisable to consult with a lawyer, tax lawyer, accountant and/or legal professional.

If you need a consultation about dispensaries, please contact us for more information.

Here are a few useful resources:

City of Vancouver Medical Marijuana Retail Dealer Licence Application Form
City of Vancouver Marijuana Retail Dealer Bylaws (Dispensaries and Clubs)
City of Victoria Cannabis Dispensary Regulations and Bylaws
Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD) Certification Standards

Information about licensing for online distribution and sales of cannabis in Canada.

See also: How to Open a Cannabis Clinic in Canada.

See also: Information about pharmacy distribution.


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