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British Columbia Cannabis Retail License

In British Columbia, the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) is responsible for the licensing of private non-medical cannabis retail stores. Furthermore, the government-run Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) is the only entity offering online sales via its online BC Cannabis Store.

Businesses, organizations and individuals looking to operate a cannabis retail store in British Columbia must hold a Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Store Licence. A Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Store Licence allows licensees to sell non-medical cannabis and cannabis accessories in British Columbia. Applicants must apply for this licence through the cannabis licensing application portal.

The 3 key factors involved in securing a Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Store Licence include:

  1. Completing the “Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Store Licence” application (this includes submitting details on the business as well as the physical store location, such as a floor/site plan)
  2. Receiving approval from the Local Government or Indigenous Nation (this is required as licences can’t be issued without a positive recommendation from the Local Government or Indigenous Nation)
  3. Successfully passing the financial integrity assessment and security screening (this includes personal background and history, criminal record checks and the financial integrity of the business and sources of any money backing the investment)

Further information regarding application requirements and license types can be found here.

There are currently 253 Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Store Licences issued in British Columbia. Additional information on application statistics can be found here.

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