Cannabis Retail

Legalization of cannabis across Canada took place on October 17, 2018.

Federal, provincial, and territorial governments share responsibility for overseeing the proposed new system. Municipal governments are able to regulate retail locations through their zoning authority and some aspects of retail operations through their business licensing authority. Learn more about the federal and provincial responsibilities.

The City of Kamloops' role was to regulate the retail sales and public use of cannabis in the community. In an effort to keep pace with federal and provincial regulations, the City of Kamloops has amended its Business Licence and Regulation Bylaw and its Zoning Bylaw. There are four zones in which non-medical cannabis retail stores may be located. View the report that was provided to Council in April 2018.

Additional City bylaw changes were brought forward to Council on August 14, 2018. At that time, Council also adopted a new policy on a review process for Cannabis Retail Licences and Existing Licence Amendments. Final bylaw amendments to the Development and Land Use Application Fees Bylaw, Business Licence and Regulation Bylaw, and Zoning Bylaw were adopted on August 28, 2018.

Legalization of cannabis across Canada took place on October 17, 2018.

Federal, provincial, and territorial governments share responsibility for overseeing the proposed new system. Municipal governments are able to regulate retail locations through their zoning authority and some aspects of retail operations through their business licensing authority. Learn more about the federal and provincial responsibilities.

The City of Kamloops' role was to regulate the retail sales and public use of cannabis in the community. In an effort to keep pace with federal and provincial regulations, the City of Kamloops has amended its Business Licence and Regulation Bylaw and its Zoning Bylaw. There are four zones in which non-medical cannabis retail stores may be located. View the report that was provided to Council in April 2018.

Additional City bylaw changes were brought forward to Council on August 14, 2018. At that time, Council also adopted a new policy on a review process for Cannabis Retail Licences and Existing Licence Amendments. Final bylaw amendments to the Development and Land Use Application Fees Bylaw, Business Licence and Regulation Bylaw, and Zoning Bylaw were adopted on August 28, 2018.

  • What's Legal?

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    There are strict laws and regulations around the legalization of non-medical cannabis. Before you buy, use, or grow your own non-medical cannabis, learn more about what’s legal and what’s not. Information below has been summarized for your convenience from getcannabisclarity.ca.

    Legal Age: You must be 19 years or older to buy, ue, possess, or grow non-medical cannabis in BC.

    Buying: To protect your health, keep young people safe and help prevent crime in your community, non-medical cannabis will be sold exclusively at government-run stores, licensed private retailers, and the BC government’s online store.

    Possession: Adults 19+ can carry...

    There are strict laws and regulations around the legalization of non-medical cannabis. Before you buy, use, or grow your own non-medical cannabis, learn more about what’s legal and what’s not. Information below has been summarized for your convenience from getcannabisclarity.ca.

    Legal Age: You must be 19 years or older to buy, ue, possess, or grow non-medical cannabis in BC.

    Buying: To protect your health, keep young people safe and help prevent crime in your community, non-medical cannabis will be sold exclusively at government-run stores, licensed private retailers, and the BC government’s online store.

    Possession: Adults 19+ can carry up to 30 grams of dried non-medical cannabis, or its equivalent, in a public place.

    Public use: The City of Kamloops is currently developing a bylaw to regulate the consumption of cannabis in public space. As per current provincial guidelines, adults 19+ can generally smoke or vape cannabis in public spaces where tobacco smoking and vaping are allowed. But remember, second-hand smoke can be harmful and irritating to people, especially children, so be mindful when smoking in public spaces.

    • Playgrounds, sports fields, skate parks, swimming pools and spray pools, or any decks or seating areas associated these places
    • Public buildings, workplaces, or common areas of apartments, condos, or dormitories, and within six metres of air intakes, windows, and doorways attached to these places
    • Within six metres of bus stops, transit shelters, train stations, ferry docks and similar places
    • Regional and municipal parks, except for designated campsites
    • Provincial parks, except for areas identified or designated
    • Public patios
    • Health board properties, except in designated smoking areas
    • Smoking and vaping cannabis are not allowed in the following public places:

    For more information on what's legal visit getcannbisclarity.ca.

  • Safe Communities

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    There are laws and regulations to keep our community safe. With public health and safety top of mind, the Province has passed legislation to provide legal, controlled access to non-medical cannabis in British Columbia. Information below has been summarized for your convenience from getcannabisclarity.ca.

    Local and Indigenous Governments: Local and Indigenous governments have the power to make decisions based on the needs and priorities of their communities including creating bylaws or other laws with respect to property, public health and safety and nuisances.

    In an effort to keep pace with federal and provincial regulations, the City of Kamloops has...

    There are laws and regulations to keep our community safe. With public health and safety top of mind, the Province has passed legislation to provide legal, controlled access to non-medical cannabis in British Columbia. Information below has been summarized for your convenience from getcannabisclarity.ca.

    Local and Indigenous Governments: Local and Indigenous governments have the power to make decisions based on the needs and priorities of their communities including creating bylaws or other laws with respect to property, public health and safety and nuisances.

    In an effort to keep pace with federal and provincial regulations, the City of Kamloops has amended its Business Licence and Regulation Bylaw and its Zoning Bylaw. Final bylaw amendments were also made to the Development and Land Use Application Fees Bylaw and Business Licence and Regulation Bylaw.

    Growing Cannabis at Home: Adults 19+ can grow up to four non-medical cannabis plants per household. These plants cannot be grown in a space that is visible from a public place. Examples of public places include parks, streets, sidewalks, sports fields, and K-12 school properties. For example, you can grow plants on your balcony, or in your yard, as long as they’re not visible from a public place.

    Local and Indigenous governments can further restrict growing cannabis at home. Landlords and strata councils can also restrict or ban home-growing of non-medical cannabis on their properties.

    Read more and find the resources you need to know about growing cannabis at home.

    Cannabis in the Workplace: Public safety and health are vital to BC employers. And the Province has strong occupational health and safety regulations. Employers are responsible for determining if an employee is fit for work. There are numerous resources available to employers: WorkSafeBC, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety,and the Construction Industry of British Columbia Substance Abuse Testing & Treatment Program Policy.

    Employers can find more information on getcannbisclarity.ca.


  • Safe Kids

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    There are strict laws in place to protect children. You must be 19 years or older to buy, consume (through smoking, vaping and all other forms of consumption), possess or grow non-medical cannabis. Early and regular cannabis use is associated with higher risks of dependency and health problems. Information below has been summarized for your convenience from getcannabisclarity.ca.

    Youth - All children deserve to be safe, healthy, and protected from harm. That’s why the Province has taken important steps to protect youth and children from using non-medical cannabis at an early age.

    Parents and Mentors - Parents...

    There are strict laws in place to protect children. You must be 19 years or older to buy, consume (through smoking, vaping and all other forms of consumption), possess or grow non-medical cannabis. Early and regular cannabis use is associated with higher risks of dependency and health problems. Information below has been summarized for your convenience from getcannabisclarity.ca.

    Youth - All children deserve to be safe, healthy, and protected from harm. That’s why the Province has taken important steps to protect youth and children from using non-medical cannabis at an early age.

    Parents and Mentors - Parents and mentors play an important role in helping young people make healthy and informed decisions about cannabis. But talking to youth about cannabis can be difficult if you don’t know the facts.

    Learn more at getcannabisclarity.ca


  • Safe Roads

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    Road safety is a priority for everyone. There are strict laws and regulations to keep our roads safe. Information below has been summarized for your convenience from getcannabisclarity.ca.

    Drug-Affected Driving: Getting behind the wheel while impaired is not only dangerous, it’s illegal. Drug-affected drivers can face serious consequences like fines, licence prohibitions and jail-time. Learn more about the federal laws and consequences here.

    Policing: Drug-affected driving is illegal. Police in BC are trained to detect and deter drug-affected driving and have multiple tools to investigate impaired driving. If a police oficer suspects a driver’s ability to operate a...

    Road safety is a priority for everyone. There are strict laws and regulations to keep our roads safe. Information below has been summarized for your convenience from getcannabisclarity.ca.

    Drug-Affected Driving: Getting behind the wheel while impaired is not only dangerous, it’s illegal. Drug-affected drivers can face serious consequences like fines, licence prohibitions and jail-time. Learn more about the federal laws and consequences here.

    Policing: Drug-affected driving is illegal. Police in BC are trained to detect and deter drug-affected driving and have multiple tools to investigate impaired driving. If a police oficer suspects a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle is affected by a drug, including cannabis, or a combination of drugs and alcohol, the officer may require a driver to submit to a Standard Field Sobriety Test.

    Learn more at getcannabisclarity.ca


  • Travel Clarity

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    There are strict rules and regulations around travelling with cannabis. Before you leave the province or country, get informed. Information below has been summarized for your convenience from getcannabisclarity.ca.

    Travelling Internationally: It’s illegal to transport cannabis across the Canadian border. It doesn’t matter whether you’re leaving or entering Canada, or what the laws of your destination are. Bottom line: don’t cross the border with cannabis.


    Travelling Between Provinces: Cannabis laws are different between pro:vinces and territories. This includes legal age, where you can smoke or vape, consume, and buy cannabis.

    It's your responsibility to know before you...

    There are strict rules and regulations around travelling with cannabis. Before you leave the province or country, get informed. Information below has been summarized for your convenience from getcannabisclarity.ca.

    Travelling Internationally: It’s illegal to transport cannabis across the Canadian border. It doesn’t matter whether you’re leaving or entering Canada, or what the laws of your destination are. Bottom line: don’t cross the border with cannabis.


    Travelling Between Provinces: Cannabis laws are different between pro:vinces and territories. This includes legal age, where you can smoke or vape, consume, and buy cannabis.

    It's your responsibility to know before you go. Learn more at getcannabisclarity.ca