When will Cannabis Retail Business Licences be approved?

    On October 16, 2018, Council unanimously approved the City's first Cannabis Retail Business Licence application (No. CAN00001 for 200-1210 Summit Drive). View the full report here.(External link)

    The first of private Cannabis Retail Business Licence applications will be heard for Council Resolution on October 30, 2018.

    When can private retailers apply for licences?

    The City is pleased to announce that referrals are now being accepted from the Province of BC for private Cannabis Retail Business Licences in Kamloops. An application guide and form on the private cannabis retail process in Kamloops is now available at Kamloops.ca/CannabisBusinessLicence

    The BC Provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (formerly the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch) is responsible for licensing private non-medical cannabis retail stores. Any Kamloops private cannabis retail application must be reviewed by this provincial authority before being referred by the Province to the City of Kamloops.

    What are the fees for a Business Licence related to retail cannabis sales in Kamloops?

    Fees include a $1,600 application fee for a Retail Cannabis Sales Licence Permit and Existing Licence Amendment and a $5,000 annual Business Licence Fee.

    Where in Kamloops is a retail cannabis store able to be located?

    There are four zones in which non-medical cannabis retail stores may be located. These zones are identified in the amended Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No.5-1-2878.

    How can I open a cannabis business in Kamloops?

    No cannabis dispensaries, medical or otherwise, are permitted in Kamloops at this time.

    The Province is expected to begin accepting applications for Cannabis Retail Business Licences in late summer 2018. An applicant will have to meet all local, provincial, and federal regulations and must obtain a resolution from Council supporting the site-specific application. Existing cannabis dispensaries will not be given any priority or preference and will be required to apply for a provincial licence in the usual course.

    Once the federal legislation has been enacted on October 17, 2018, both the provincial and municipal levels of government will need to have regulations in place before cannabis retailers are authorized to operate. The City is currently working on its regulations and expects to have in place prior to legalization.

    What is the City able to regulate?

    As a general rule, municipalities can regulate retail locations through their zoning bylaws and some aspects of retail operations through their business licensing bylaws. Issues pertaining to public consumption and personal growing may also fall within municipal jurisdiction.The extent of municipal governmental jurisdiction is determined by the Province and the authority granted under in the Community Charter and the Local Government Act. Forthcoming provincial decisions may broaden or restrict the scope of what cities like Kamloops will be responsible for regulating at a local level. Municipal governments may also choose to support the federal and provincial governments with public education initiatives, and with the enforcement of certain rules and regulations concerning such matters as:

    • new fire and building regulations
    • prohibitions on selling cannabis to minors
    • rules on the consumption of cannabis in public
    • rules on personal cultivation of cannabis

    Where will adults be able to grow their own cannabis within the City once it is legal?

    Once legalized on October 17, 2018, adults 19 and older will be able to grow cannabis at home for personal use, but not for resale. A maximum of four plants per household will be permitted by federal and provincial law. Plants must not be visible from a public place. Landlords and strata councils will be authorized to restrict or prohibit non-medical cannabis cultivation.

    What about public safety and health concerns?

    Most cannabis-related concerns around public health and safety fall under federal and provincial jurisdiction. Both of these levels of government have expressed a clear commitment to harnessing legalization to address existing public health and safety issues with cannabis. This includes legislative restrictions intended to keep cannabis out of the hands of minors and to combat impaired driving. Cannabis is being treated similar to tobacco and alcohol in that branding and advertising will be strictly controlled, and impaired driving prohibitions will be imposed both federally and provincially.

    Where can I find more FAQs?

    Visit our main website to learn more about retail cannabis sales and common FAQs.