The Province recognizes that the cannabis sector can be a driver of economic growth and employment in B.C., as it has been in other jurisdictions. One of the Province’s goals from the outset has been to develop a sustainable cannabis industry that generates jobs and economic growth throughout B.C.
Supplying B.C. non-medical cannabis retailers
The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) is the sole, wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis for the Province. The LDB distributes pre-packaged products to licensed public and private cannabis retail locations. The product brands belong to the licensed producers and retailers are not authorized to re-package the product with their own branding.
The LDB is committed to being as inclusive of as many licensed producers as possible and will engage with any producer licensed by Health Canada that wishes to do business in British Columbia. Going forward, the LDB will issue product calls on a regular basis. If you are a licensed producer and would like to receive updates related to doing business with the LDB, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to provide contact details for your organization.
Applying for a private non-medical cannabis licence
The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) is responsible for licensing and regulating British Columbia’s private non-medical cannabis retail and marketing licensees. Applicants must apply through the cannabis licensing application portal. The portal contains application guidelines and an interactive tool to help potential applicants understand what they need to do to apply for a licence.
Providing security services to the cannabis industry
Individuals providing security services to the cannabis sector follow the scheme set out in the Security Services Act. Under British Columbia’s Security Services Act, businesses and individuals offering security services must hold a valid security licence issued by the Registrar of Security Services. Approved applicants are issued a licence that specifies the types of security services they may provide as well as special authorizations they have such as the use of dogs and restraints while performing security duties. For more information about security industry licencing please visit their website.
Becoming a licensed producer or processor
The federal government is responsible for regulating and licensing cannabis producers and processors. Information about becoming a licensed cannabis producer or processor is available from Health Canada. The Province’s guide on How to Become a Licensed Cannabis Producer in B.C. provides information on how to get started.