For the purposes of this survey, a cannabis shop or retail store refers to a business that is involved in the retail sale of recreational (non-medicinal) cannabis, or any products containing or derived from cannabis.
The Federal Government intends to legalize cannabis in Fall 2018 and the Provincial Government has indicated the distribution of cannabis will be through both private and government (operated by BC Liquor Distribution Branch) stores. Further information on the Federal Government's approach to legalization and regulation of recreational cannabis is available on their website. Further information on the Provincial Government's framework for the distribution and regulation of cannabis is available on their website.
Medicinal cannabis will continue to be available to patients with Health Canada authorization through online purchasing and direct mail delivery from authorized producers, or through Health Canada authorization to produce for themselves.