Lee Jackson, managing director of Urban Earth, the second store to be granted a medical marijuana business licence in Vancouver (Urban Earth)
Full pot shops figures update
Here’s a full update of where Vancouver’s pot shops stand, valid as of July 26 but provided to Daily Hive upon request on August 3, according to the City:
Stage 1 – preliminary application
176 pot shops made preliminary application
The city previously told us a third of these applications were in fact from shops which had not yet opened. It is not clear whether these have since opened or not.
113 have been rejected and asked to close within six months, according to the City’s latest list of rejected pot shops, valid as of June 28.
44 are still in the appeal process, according to that list
11 pot shops caught in 4 cluster situations (within 300m of each other) were subject to random draws – of these 5 pot shops were selected
88 businesses open after April 29 without an approved preliminary application have been ordered to close.
31 have closed
57 are still operating
27 facing legal action
477 daily bylaw violation tickets of $250 have been issued
104 tickets paid
One thing worth noting for clarity here – some rejected shops may have relocated and been approved in a separate application. This is estimated to make up only a small proportion of applications, but figures on this were not available.
Stage 2 – development permit
In its latest update, the city did not confirm how many pot shops made it to this stage. It provided information on only 29 stores.
13 have been granted development permit
16 have applications under review
Stage 3 – business license
13 pot shops made it to this stage, the City has confirmed
6 pot shops have applications for a business licence under review
2 pot shops have been issued with a business licence
A map showing the locations of all those stores eligible to apply for or issued with a business licence, can be found below or on the City of Vancouver website: vancouver.ca
Jenni is a former Senior Staff Writer at Daily Hive. Happy Vancouverite. Traveller, snowboarder, foodie, film fan, feminist, geek, cheesemaker, curler.