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Vancouver approves 'Cannabis Store' designation ahead of legalization

DH Vancouver Staff Jun 27, 2018 10:01 am 284

The City of Vancouver has approved a new Cannabis Store designation, in preparation for the federal legalization of cannabis on October 17, and with what it says is in compliance with provincial regulations.

In a release, the city said the new designation was created through a zoning and development bylaw amendment to change the title of “Medical Marijuana Related Use” (MMRU) to “Cannabis Store.”

Following the legalization of non-medical cannabis, licensed cannabis retail stores will be the only locations where federally approved non-medical cannabis can be purchased legally in Vancouver.

As a result, the city said that all future cannabis stores will need to meet “several requirements” to operate.

In addition to a municipal development permit and business licence, operators must obtain a provincial cannabis retail outlet business licence. All products will also need to be acquired from a federally licensed producer, through the Provincial distribution system.

All existing distancing rules and requirements for operating a cannabis store in the future will be the same as the existing MMRU stores and Compassion Clubs, which include only operating in commercial zones and maintaining a distance of at least 300 metres from schools, community centers, neighbourhood houses, youth facilities, and other cannabis retail stores.

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