Vancouver Issues Eighth Dispensary Business License to Buddha Barn Medicinal Society

Article by David Brown, Lift


Vancouver has awarded their eighth Medical Marijuana Related Use (MMRU) business license to Buddha Barn Medicinal Society, located at 2179 W 4th Ave.Buddha Barn is the first licensed cannabis retailer in the Kitsilano neighbourhood.

The business advertises itself on its website as a ‘non-profit dispensary’ and received their business license as a compassion club, and say they offer their products at cost for cancer patients. They also share their space with Clinica Holistica, a Traditional Chinese Medicine & Holistic Healthcare centre that offers acupuncture and reiki, staffed by two registered practitioners of TCM.

Vancouver’s regulations distinguish between for-profit dispensaries and non-profit compassion clubs. dispensaries must pay a $30,000 licensing fee, whereas compassion clubs only pay $1,000. Three of the eight currently operating with a business license list themselves as non-profit ‘societies’ under British Columbia Society Act.

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 provided by a Registered Practitioner of Reiki, nutritional counselling provided by a Registered Dietician, psychological counselling provided by a Registered Psychologist, Chinese medicine provided by a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, cranial-sacral therapy provided by a Registered Craniosacral Therapist, or massage provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, and must be provided for at least 60% of the time that the Compassion Club is open for business.”

All licensed businesses must also be at least 300 m away from schools, community centres, neighbourhood houses, youth facilities that serve vulnerable youth and other marijuana-related businesses.

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