Dispensary Vancouver & Cannabis Stores for Medical & Recreational Marijuana Near Me
The below list of medical marijuana dispensaries, recreational marijuana dispensaries, and retail cannabis stores in Vancouver, BC are separated into 2 categories:
Dispensary Vancouver – A list of medical marijuana dispensaries and recreational dispensaries in the greater Vancouver, BC area. With helpful information, local maps, dispensary reviews, open late hours, and more.
Retail Cannabis Stores Vancouver – A complete list of Canada’s new retail cannabis stores, or as they are commonly referred to as “Vancouver recreational dispensaries”. With helpful information, local maps, cannabis store reviews, open late hours, and more.
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Dispensaries Canada 2019 Defined
Dispensaries Canada has multiple meaning since cannabis has become legalized in Canada. The term “dispensary” can refer to legal retail cannabis stores, online cannabis stores (retail and medical), and unauthorized brick and mortar medical marijuana dispensaries.
Previously, the brick and mortar and online medical marijuana dispensaries in Canada were considered to be operating in the grey market and many of them still are. Meaning that these dispensaries are not licensed to operate by the city and by the federal government. For the most part, they were tolerated in our Canadian cities before legalization.
Vancouver has of the most unauthorized dispensaries next to Toronto, the city of Vancouver has even taken it a step further and started to issue medical marijuana business licenses back in 2015. Those dispensaries in Vancouver who were licensed then are now closed and are in the process of applying to become legalized retail cannabis stores. All of the grey market dispensaries in Canada who decided to remain open post-legalization were warned that if they didn’t close by October. 17, 2018, they would have no chance to be approved for a retail cannabis license in their city or town.
The Different Types of Dispensaries Canada 2019
- Medical Marijuana Dispensaries – These are currently considered to be brick and mortar dispensaries who operate outside of the legal cannabis framework, “grey area”.
- Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries – These are loosely considered to be legal retail cannabis brick and mortar stores or recreational cannabis stores. They operate within the legal cannabis framework (Bill C-45)
- Recreational Cannabis Stores – These are brick and mortar legal cannabis stores or retail cannabis stores. They operate within the legal cannabis framework (Bill C-45)
- Retail Cannabis Stores – These are brick and mortar legal cannabis stores or recreational cannabis stores. They operate within the legal cannabis framework (Bill C-45)
- Online Dispensaries Canada – There are dispensaries in Canada who operate online only who serve the medical marijuana market. They operate outside the legal cannabis framework, “grey area” and are temporarily overlooked by the Canadian Government.
- Online Cannabis Stores – These are legal online cannabis stores that are mostly operated by the provincial governments. They operate within the legal cannabis framework (Bill C-45). Some provinces permitted private online cannabis stores.