It’s not yet certain who will get to sell recreational cannabis in Vancouver and Victoria, as retailers wait for clearance from the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.
Many B.C. residents will have to put their plans to smoke recreational cannabis on hold, unless they’re growing their own.
The Liquor Distribution Branch has received several licenses to open stores in B.C. but none of those stores are planned to open in Victoria or Vancouver.
On the other hand, private retailers are nowhere near opening the first legal store in either of those cities as the regulatory bodies in B.C. are giving them hell.
7 months to open a store
The Liquor Distribution Branch announced they will be opening several stores in the upcoming months.
Two of those will be in Kamloops and the other will find their places in Campbell River, Cranbrook, and Terrace.
Other cities which will have retail stores this year:
- Fort St John
- Salmon Arm
- Prince George
- Powell River
- Port Alberni
According to the LDB, it takes about 7 months from the day the lease is signed for them to officially open a store to its customers.
“Some of the key challenges include distance requirements from places such as schools and community centres, as well as existing private retailers that are expected to receive licencing,” the ministry of the attorney general said in a statement.
Vancouver currently has only 3 recreational cannabis stores, and as many as 15 are currently going through the process and awaiting provincial approval.
And while none of the LDB stores will be opening in Victoria either, the City of Victoria received approval from the province for 5 new retail stores, 3 of which will be opening very soon.
The BC Cannabis store website made as few as 84,480 separate cannabis sales since the substance was made legal back in October 2018, while the OCS store saw a 100,000 sales in as little as 24 hours.