Non-Medical Cannabis Policy & Bylaws

There are two parts to regulating cannabis in the Cariboo Regional District – the sale of cannabis and the production of cannabis. These updates apply to cannabis retail and production in the regional district, outside of the municipalities.

Cannabis Retail Sales

On June 7, 2019, the CRD Board approved a policy regarding non-medical cannabis retails sales in the regional district. The new policy means that cannabis retail stores will be evaluated on a case by case basis in commercial zones only through a site-specific rezoning application. The policy also outlines that cannabis retail locations must be 300 metres from daycares, community care facilities, hospitals, libraries, parks, playgrounds, schools and other cannabis retail sales establishments.

Anyone who wishes to establish a non-medical cannabis retail store in the regional district needs to apply to the BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) as licensing is administered by the Province. The Province will refer the application to the CRD and staff will then initiate the rezoning requirement.

Cannabis Production in the CRD

The CRD is adding cannabis-related definitions in its zoning and rural land use bylaws to match with federal legislation. Currently, the CRD allows the production of medical marijuana in heavy industrial zones, and the wording will now change to encompass licensed cannabis production in general. There will be a public hearing on these minor amendments ahead of the adoption of the bylaws.

Page last modified: June 13, 2019 14:51:30 PDT