There are two cannabis business licence categories in Vancouver:
- Retail Dealer – Cannabis business licence: For cannabis stores that sell non-medical cannabis
- Compassion Club business licence: For non-profit societies that don't sell cannabis but advocate its use for medical purposes and provide a wider range of health services to their members
Steps to getting a cannabis retail store business licence
- Update from the Province – "Regulations ready B.C. for cannabis legalization" – October 5, 2018 External website, opens in new tab
- Provincial licensing regulations External website, opens in new tab
Medical-marijuana-related retail stores that have an existing City of Vancouver development permit must apply for a provincial cannabis retail store licence if they wish to operate.
Compassion clubs do not require a provincial licence because they do not sell cannabis. Instead, they are required to apply for a municipal business licence.