It’s been over two months since Canada officially legalized cannabis, and finally, Vancouver will get its first legal and licensed dispensary- the Evergreen Cannabis Society in Kitsilano.
It’s opening this Saturday, Dec. 29, at 2868 West 4th Ave.
Evergreen Cannabis Society announced their grand re-opening on Twitter, as the dispensary had to voluntarily shut down by Oct. 17 in order to be eligible for the license in the first place.
— Evergreen Vancouver (@ecsvan) December 24, 2018
This follows a BC Supreme Court ruling that ordered dozens of Vancouver’s unlicensed dispensaries to shut down earlier this month.
It remains to be seen whether the floodgates will open for licensed cannabis retailers in Vancouver, and it also raises the question- what will happen to the unlicensed dispensaries that stay open? With the recent court order, enforcement actions like raids and arrests are on the table.
It took Evergreen how long for Vancouver’s first licensed dispensary?
Isn’t it kind of ridiculous that “BC Bud” is famous around the world, and yet Vancouver, BC’s biggest city, still doesn’t have a single cannabis retail location?
Cannabis was legalized on October 17, and Vancouver won’t get a legal dispensary until Dec. 29- over two months later- which makes the City of Vancouver seem like it was in a last minute rush to at least get one legal dispensary before 2018 was done
Unlicensed dispensaries offer more products
Keep in mind that these unlicensed dispensaries offer customers more than what the licensed dispensaries can, especially with regards to concentrates and edibles. The licensed dispensaries aren’t allowed to carry any edibles or concentrates products because those aren’t scheduled to be legalized until October 2019.
As of writing, there are no cannabis products listed on Evergreen’s website, only “vaporizers and other accessories”, but cannabis products are promised as “coming soon”.
Expect major changes to the menu on Saturday.
Featured image courtesy of The Georgia Straight.