Article by David Brown, Lift
Vancouver has awarded 6 new Development Permits to dispensaries seeking a business license. There are currently eight dispensaries and compassion clubs licensed by the city, with another 13 now at the Development Permit stage.
Point Grey Cannabis at 3357 W 4th Ave, Farm Dispensary at 369 Columbia, The Herb Co at 779 Kingsway, Green Cross Society of BC at 4296 Main St, MMJ Canada Society at 225 SE Marine Dr. and Karuna Health Foundation at 4510 Victoria Dr have all been moved to the second stage of licensing.
The first four of these are business who were granted a zoning variance by city’s Board of Variance.
The Medical Marijuana Related Use licensing (MMRU) program has three main stages of licensing; the Condition Permit, the Development Permit and then finally, a Business License. Dispensaries pay a $30,00 a year fee to the city, while Compassion Clubs pay a $1,000 fee.
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, psychological Chinese, 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.