Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Licence

The Government of Canada has announced that non-medical cannabis will become legal on October 17th, 2018.

Cannabis Licensing Application Portal

The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (formerly the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch) has launched an online application portal for individuals and businesses interested in applying for a non-medical cannabis retail licence.

The portal contains application guidelines and an interactive tool to help potential applicants understand what they need to do to apply for a private retail cannabis store licence. Applicants will be able to submit their applications through the portal later this summer.

Access the cannabis licensing application portal.

Further Information

For more information about the retail of non-medical cannabis in B.C. that is not contained within the online application portal, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information about cannabis regulation in B.C. including wholesale distribution, personal public possession limits, places of use, personal cultivation, drug-impaired driving and more, visit the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General’s cannabis regulation in B.C. web page.

Information for Local Governments and Indigenous Nations

The below guides are intended to help local governments and Indigenous nations understand their role in the cannabis retail store licence application process. Please note that these guides may be updated from time to time.

Local Governments' Role in Licensing Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Stores

Indigenous Nations' Role in Licensing Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Stores