If you’re considering opening a non-medical retail cannabis store in Canada, having the guidance of a skilled cannabis license consultant increases the chances of license approval, but more importantly, can help a retailer succeed once the business’s doors are open. Not all consultants are created equally, though.
Cannabis licensing consultants (as the name suggests) help would-be cannabis businesses obtain licenses. If you Google “Cannabis licensing expert” and do a quick review of websites, you’ll notice that many consultants aren’t focused on retail recreational cannabis sales licenses. Instead, they offer services to manufacturers (cultivators and processors), medical and recreational cannabis businesses, and cannabis drug producers (under the Canada’s federal “Cannabis Drug License”). While these services are needed, if you’re going to open a non-medical retail cannabis store, your success may be dependent on guidance from a consultant who works exclusively with retailers and has experience navigating municipal and provincial regulations.
Canada’s “Cannabis Act” (Bill C45) was passed in June of 2018 and became effective on October 17, 2018, so how much experience can a retail cannabis consultant possibly have? The expert you hire may have limited real-world expertise (if any). They may have a theoretical understanding of provincial licensing requirements, but how many retail licenses have they actually helped secure, and, what about operational expertise? With many people trying to capitalize on the booming cannabis industry, it attracts all kinds – many with minimal or no experience – trying to make their mark and their livelihood.
That’s where Thrive Liquor & Cannabis Advisors is different. Since 2003, Rebecca Hardin has provided licensing and operational consulting services to private retailers in BC’s competitive, complex and ever-changing liquor sales sector. From licensing and compliance services to store builds, setup, training and operational oversight, Ms. Hardin has helped start-ups create thriving businesses. Because non-medical retail cannabis licensing is governed by the same provincial bodies that oversee private liquor retailers, her experience is highly relevant to would-be private recreational cannabis retailers. Not only do our cannabis licensing consultants understand provincial requirements, we have years of actual, applied experience.
While cannabis licensing is an important first step for a retail cannabis business, it’s only the beginning. It’s operational oversight that leads to continued success. Cannabis license consultants at Thrive Liquor & Cannabis Advisors provide a range of services for private cannabis retailers. We help with:
Whether you want to apply for a private retail cannabis license in BC or Alberta, or have just been granted a license and need help with a store build, setup, staff training or operational optimization, we can help. Our cannabis license consulting services will help your business succeed!