Article by David Brown, Lift News
The City of Vancouver has issued their tenth medical marijuana related use (mmru) business license to Eggs Canna at 208 E 16th Ave. Another 25 businesses are at the second of the city’s three-stage licensing process, with another 12 at stage one.
The previous business license issued was in late February to THCC The Herb Co. Canada Society Mount Pleasant, located at 1193 Main Street. Eggs Canna operates two other locations in Vancouver, one at 2235 Commercial Dr that has a conditional permit (stage 2) and another 2303 E Hastings. The business is directly across the street from another dispensary, Grateful Med, which is at stage three, although it’s not currently listed as such on Vancouver’s dispensary map. Grateful Med’s application progressed via approval by the Board of Variance.
Earlier this year, Eggs Canna was hiring for a General Manager for $55,000 a year. No one at Eggs Canna was available for comment at press time.
Vancouver began their licensing process in 2015 and had given unlicensed dispensaries until the end of April of this year to close. 176 originally applied for a license. The vast majority failed based on the city’s 300 m zoning regulations. City Councillor Kerry Jang, the city’s lead voice on the city’s Medical Marijuana Related Use licensing program (MMRU), says the program could take several years. He has also said he expects only about 15-20 to ultimately get a business license.
MMRU applicants must pass three stages of review; first, a Conditional Permit is issued after the business passes zoning, then a Development Permit is issued prior to the third and final stage of receiving a Business License. Dispensaries pay a $30,00 a year fee to the city, while Compassion Clubs pay a $1,000 fee. As of today, the city lists 28 businesses at the development permit stage and another 15 at conditional permit.
Under Vancouver’s MMRU rules, Compassion Clubs must be registered under the Society Act, must be a member of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD), must provide additional, non-cannabis related medical services such as Reiki, nutritional counselling, traditional Chinese medicine, or massage, all via registered practitioners, and must be provided for at least 60% of the time that the Compassion Club is open for business.