You may wonder why a non-medical retail cannabis store owner would hire a cannabis license consultant to guide and support their business. Understanding the steps in the cannabis licensing process will likely show the value in doing so.
In this article, we’ll give you a quick primer in federal, provincial and local government involvement, then show you the steps involved in obtaining a Vancouver cannabis license. While the process to secure a license and open a store varies from province to province (and even city to city), the level of complexity is similar. Vancouver is an excellent example to highlight what’s involved from the moment you apply to the moment you open your doors for business.
In Canada, federal, provincial and local governments each play a role in cannabis licensing, ensuring that store owners abide by laws, licensing rules and regulations and are good neighbours in their communities.
Federal government creates and enforces laws, establishes which cannabis products retailers are permitted to sell, creates and enforces rules around packaging and promotion, and establishes health and safety rules.
Provincial governments control distribution, establish and enforce cannabis licensing rules and regulations, and liaise with local governments.
Municipal governments seek public feedback, establish zoning rules that dictate permissible locations of non-medical retail cannabis stores, establish and enforce building codes, regulate cannabis store business licensing by-laws, and recommend in favour or against individual non-medical retail cannabis license applications.
With three levels of government involved, cannabis store owners that are serious about their business choose to work with Thrive Liquor & Cannabis Advisors for Alberta and BC cannabis licensing guidance and support.
The Vancouver cannabis license process is a typical example of the dance that ensues between business owners, municipal and provincial governments. While the tune you must dance to varies by province and city, many of the “moves” are the same.
As you can see, the Vancouver cannabis licensing process is an obstacle course. At any point in the process there is the potential risk that the cannabis license application will be stopped cold. We can help by increasing the probability that your cannabis and business license applications will be approved.
If you’re considering opening a non-medical retail cannabis store in Vancouver (or anywhere else in BC) or Alberta, contact us for a consultation. Working with our expert liquor and cannabis license consultants increases the chances of application approval.