Brief: CSRD announces new cannabis retail and grow procedures

Applications for production and sales to be considered on a site-by-site basis.

Cannabis being cultivated. Photo: Creative Commons licence

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District has introduced new procedures for applications relating to cannabis production and sales in the region.

Directors of the CSRD gave unanimous approval to the new procedure, which will operate in conjunction with the Cannabis-Related Business Policy. The new procedure for cannabis production and sales applies to areas of the CSRD located outside municipal boundaries, First Nations Reserves and National Parks.

In a statement the CSRD says the procedure establishes steps to follow when responding to referrals from individuals who want to operate a retail cannabis business or are looking to develop a facility to grow or process cannabis. The process of issuing licenses for cannabis production and retail sales remains under the authority of the provincial and federal government, however local governments like the CSRD are able to provide recommendations to the BC Liquor and Cannabis regulation branch on proposed retail applications and to Health Canada on production facility applications.

The CSRD has developed an informational webpage to assist people interested in cannabis-related businesses. Individuals interested in developing a cannabis-related business are encouraged to contact the CSRD prior to making any final site selection decisions, as applications are considered on a site-by-site basis.