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Cannabis retail in British Columbia is regulated by the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB). The LCRB licenses and monitors private non-medical cannabis retail stores. The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) is the sole wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis in British Columbia.
The LDB is the government retailer of recreational cannabis in the province as well. The LDB operates public cannabis stores and the sole online e-commerce in the province through the brand, BC Cannabis Stores.
Retailers in the province are not permitted to purchase any cannabis products directly from licensed producers or any other source other than the LDB.
There are 8 general steps to follow when applying for a Cannabis Retail Store Licence in BC: