To operate a medical marijuana-related retail business or compassion club in the City of Vancouver, you need a development permit and business licence.
New regulations to operate were passed by City Council on June 24, 2015.
There are three steps in the permit and licensing process for medical marijuana-related retail businesses and compassion clubs.
Each application must:
Development permits and business licences are non-transferrable and must be renewed each year.
Follow these steps during your application to operate a medical marijuana-related retail business and compassion club.
Get notified about the next applicant intake.
Medical marijuana-related retail dealers and compassion clubs need both a development permit and a business licence to operate in Vancouver. Blue locations have received a development permit. Green locations have received both a development permit and a business licence.
We inform residents and businesses about each medical marijuana-related retail business or compassion club application with:
Comment on an application (listed by address and development permit number)
Preliminary applications that did not meet zoning requirements have been refused. More than 60 refused applications have been appealed to the Board of Variance. If the Board grants an appeal, the applicant can move forward in the permits and licencing process.
The Board will begin hearing appeals in February 2016. You are welcome to attend a Board meeting to comment on an appeal.
Have a concern about an existing business or see a new one open up? Phone 3-1-1.