Non-Medical Cannabis

The retail sale of Cannabis is prohibited unless the required approvals are in place with both the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch and with the City of New Westminster.

The Federal Cannabis Act became law on October 17, 2018, and established a legal framework for controlling the lawful production, distribution, sale and possession of non-medical cannabis across Canada. 

Each Province and Territory have the authority to regulate certain aspects including distribution and retail. Municipalities have authority to further regulate certain aspects such as retail (through land use and business licensing regulations) and public use (through smoking regulations).

The City of New Westminster implemented a cannabis regulatory framework in September 2018 in anticipation of the enactment of the Federal Cannabis Act. This page provides information on the cannabis regulatory framework in New Westminster.

Applications for cannabis retail stores were accepted from October 24 to December 5, 2018. The application period has closed. See the section Applications for Retail Cannabis Locations for more information.

Page last updated: May 13, 2021

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