Non-medical cannabis licensing
Operating a non-medical cannabis retail store in British Columbia without a provincial licence is illegal under both federal and provincial law. The consequences for violating the provincial regulatory regime can be severe and may include:
- A fine of up to $50,000 for individuals and $100,000 for corporations, imprisonment for up to 12 months, or both, under the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act.
In order to legally sell non-medical cannabis, a person must have a provincial licence issued under the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act by the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB). The licence is specific to sales at a specified physical location and does not allow online sales. The only online sales allowed in British Columbia are sold through British Columbia Cannabis Stores. It is illegal to sell non-medical cannabis in British Columbia without a valid provincial licence.
Cannabis retail stores operating without a valid provincial licence must obtain a provincial licence from the LCRB. Holding a business licence from the local government is not sufficient to operate in British Columbia.