New Medical Cannabis Business Regulations in Effect

The City of Victoria has implemented regulations for medical cannabis businesses, to reduce community impacts of these businesses while maintaining access to medical cannabis.

The City's regulations are for businesses selling cannabis for medical purposes. They do not legalize or permit the sale of cannabis as this is the jurisdiction of the Federal Government.

Under the new bylaws, all retail businesses where medical cannabis is sold or provided to a person who visits the premises is considered a “storefront cannabis retailer.” All storefront cannabis retailers are now required to be rezoned for this use and to obtain a business licence.

The City will begin accepting applications starting today, however a business licence will not be issued until the rezoning is approved. The rezoning process takes approximately six to eight months to complete. 

Storefront cannabis retailers that began operation after July 28, 2016 must comply with the new regulations immediately, meaning these businesses cannot operate until their rezoning application has been approved by City Council. Storefront cannabis retailers
that were in operation prior to July 28, 2016 may continue to operate while making progress towards a rezoning, however they must comply with operational requirements immediately.

Other medical cannabis-related businesses are only required to apply for a business licence. A rezoning is not required.

More information including the rezoning, business licence and operational requirements can be found at victoria.ca/medicalcannabis.