The medical marijuana industry is still in its infancy in Canada and the rules and regulations surrounding the industry are continually changing. We’ve noticed that this has caused a lot of confusion with many of our patients. The most recent confusion has stemmed from the recent changes regarding medical marijuana edibles and our ability to provide them.
This past June, Vancouver City Council voted to regulate and license medical marijuana retailers. Under the new system, retail shops are charged a yearly licensing fee of $30,000 and must be at least 300 metres from schools, community centres, and other dispensaries. This allows us to provide our patients with medical cannabis, tinctures, topicals, oils, shatter, wax, along with other medical marijuana products.
However, city policy is that edibles, except for oils, tinctures and capsules, are not available for sale. The current regulations allows for the sale of products such as dried marijuana and cannabis oil, which the city says patients can use to make their own edibles.
In order to comply with these new bylaws, we have removed all edibles from our retail and online stores. If and when this law is changed, we will once again provide our clients with access to high-quality medical marijuana edibles.