Four More Dispensaries Move on in Licensing Process as Shutdown Deadline Approaches

The City of Vancouver has posted four new second-stage dispensary business license applications to its website, with dozens of businesses given until the end of the month to close their doors.

Eggs Canna Inc. (208 E 16th Ave), The Green Cross Society (4296 Main St), Medical Mary-Jane Canada Society (205 SE Marine Dr) and Karuna Health Foundation (4520 Victoria Dr) have all advanced to the next step in the city’s licensing program.

They now join 10 others that have also advanced to this stage, while seven more dispensaries have received a development permit and an additional two have had their rejections overturned at a Board of Variance meeting, Apr. 6, that have yet to be reflected on the city’s website.

Once of the new additions Eggs Canna Inc. is across the street from Greatful Med (211 E 16th Ave), one of the two dispensaries that had their rejection overturned. It’s not clear how the city will proceed with both applications as they are less than 300 m from one another, violating one of the city’s rules around the new licensing system.

The city received an initial 176 dispensary applications when the program was announced, and will require unlicensed shops to begin closing Apr. 29.

Councillor Kerry Jang said police, inspectors, fines and the courts will be used to apply the new rules to businesses that stay open past their close date — typically six months past their business license rejection notice.

There are still 49 other dispensaries waiting to appeal the city’s initial refusal of their application at the Board of Variance, with the next meeting scheduled for Apr. 20.

Dispensaries that have received a development permit:

  • 1316 Kingsway — MPN Health Society
  • 2894 E Broadway — BC Pain Society
  • 1193 Main St — The Herb Co.
  • 2179 W 4th Ave — Buddha Barn
  • 4545 W 10th Ave — Wealth Shop Society
  • 6416 Main St — The Healing Center
  • 3439 Kingsway — Eden Medicinal

Dispensaries that have moved to the second-stage of the city’s process:

  • 1357 East 41st Avenue — Stressed and Depressed Association
  • 1404 East 57th Avenue — The Green Room Society
  • 511 West 7th Avenue — Apple Health Society (Eden Medicinal)
  • 3615 West 17 Ave — Apollo Medical Society
  • 3150 Cambie Street — Westcoast Medicann Society
  • 1501 Commercial Drive — EVO Medi Society
  • 8061 Fraser Street — Medicinal Express
  • 2768 Kingsway — Medicinal Express
  • 1745 Nanaimo Street — The Herb Co.
  • 1605 Renfrew Street — Urban Earth Med Society
  • 208 E 16th Ave — Eggs Canna Inc.
  • 4296 Main St — The Green Cross Society
  • 205 SE Marine Dr — Medical Mary-Jane Canada Society
  • 4520 Victoria Dr — Karuna Health Foundation

Dispensaries that have had their initial rejection overturned by the Board of Variance:

  •  211 E 16th Ave — Greatful Med
  • 3357 W 4th Ave — Point Grey Cannabis Ltd