B.C. Will Get Just One Legal Cannabis Retail Store For Legalization

The B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch, B.C. LDB, will be the sole, wholesale distributor of recreational cannabis for the province of B.C. and will also operate their own cannabis retail stores and provide online sales. Upon legalization day in Canada, today, October 17th, B.C. will have merely one Cannabis Retail Store, CRS, open by way of a government run store in Kelowna. The B.C. government cannabis framework states they will also open government sales online, however the exact website address is yet to be released. Ultimately, the B.C. NDP will be the provinces largest pot dealer, confining sole wholesale distribution to themselves and restricting online sales to themselves as well.

Last month, The Vancouver Sun reported that more than 100 private store applications have been submitted. These applications are piling up, collecting dust as the province refuses to move forward until federal legalization has passed, noting local governments are working to develop cannabis bylaws on the municipal level. These private stores are required to apply for licensing via a separate government office, the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch or LCRB, at a cost of $7500 and $1500 per year with a bi-annual fee yet to announced.

It is believed that it will take as long as 18 months before private operators are fully licensed and zoned, while it is largely unknown as to what will happen to the stores who have yet to receive their licensing and if these store owners will face arrest after legalization. Many presume that store owners who are known to have applied for licensing will be afforded leniency when it comes to being raided by RCMP.

The BC government cannabis sales website is located at https://www.bccannabisstores.com/

Information for those in Nanaimo wishes to run a legal store can be found on the City of Nanaimo – Cannabis Retail page.

Congrats to Canada on becoming the second country in the world to legalize recreation cannabis usage, after Uruguay.

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