The Metropolis of Vancouver has given its stamp of approval to 4 leisure hashish retail shops — nevertheless it may very well be a while but earlier than any of them open their doorways.

Town confirmed that it had penned letters of advice to the province for the stores, a key step within the technique of opening a authorized pot store.


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After incomes metropolis corridor’s approval, candidates can get hold of conditional approval for a provincial licence, however should nonetheless cross an inspection.

Then, as soon as a provincial licence has been earned, candidates should cross a metropolis inspection and acquire a municipal enterprise licence and legitimate occupancy permits.

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Neither town nor the province would say the place the 4 really helpful outlets will probably be positioned, citing the continued allowing course of.

Nor would they converse to a timeline for approval.


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The 4 front-runners are amongst 14 would-be Vancouver retail pot outlets whose proponents have submitted functions for provincial licences that Victoria has forwarded to metropolis corridor since Sept. 19.

4 of these 14 functions are nonetheless being reviewed, and 9 — together with the 4 which were really helpful — have been awarded growth permits.

These permits require would-be pot outlets to put up indicators on their properties for 2 weeks declaring their intention to hunt provincial pot store licences.

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Town then collects public suggestions which informs its choice on whether or not to suggest the outlet to the province.

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Whereas town stated it has been knowledgeable of simply 14 provincial retail licence functions, it has awarded a number of dozen such retail pot store growth permits.

There are at the moment at the least 72 pot outlets working in Vancouver.

Town stated 39 stay topic to enforcement — both as a result of they don’t have municipal or provincial paperwork underway or they’ve been denied up to now.

There are 33 different retail pot outlets in operation that aren’t topic to enforcement.

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In response to the Metropolis of Vancouver, 83 unlicensed pot outlets have shut their doorways because the metropolis started enforcement.


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A take a look at case concerning town’s efforts to implement injunctions towards 53 rogue pot outlets was additionally heard within the B.C. Supreme Court docket in September, however a call has not been handed down.

As of Nov. 29, there was only one government-operated leisure hashish retailer in B.C., in Kamloops, and two personal shops in Kimberley.

The province has introduced approval of two extra BC Hashish Shops places in Kamloops, however stated there isn’t any timeline for after they may open.

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