The provincial government has appointed the LDB to be the sole wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis. The LDB will also be the government retailer of non-medical cannabis in British Columbia, and will be setting up separate, standalone cannabis stores.


In its official announcement on February 5, 2018, the government outlined a framework for retail sales and the regulation of non-medical cannabis:

  • The minimum age of 19 to purchase cannabis is consistent with the provincial age of majority and the existing minimum age to buy alcohol and tobacco.
  • Public and private retail stores will be allowed to sell prepackaged and sealed dried cannabis, seeds, and cannabis oils that comply with federal requirements.
  • The proposed federal legislation authorizes personal cultivation of cannabis up to four plants.
  • The proposed maximum limit for personal possession of cannabis is 30 grams of dried cannabis.
  • Following recommendations set down by the federal government’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, retail sales of non-medical cannabis will not be co-located with other businesses, including pharmacies or liquor stores.
  • The Liquor Control and Licencing Branch will be responsible for licensing and monitoring the retail sector, and enforcing rules governing retail stores similar to those currently in place for liquor.
  • Retailers will not be permitted to purchase any cannabis products directly from licensed producers or any other source other than the LDB.
  • As the government retailer, the LDB is permitted to sell cannabis products online when it becomes legal this summer.

Having LDB-run wholesale distribution and retail will help support the government’s key priorities of protecting children and youth, prioritizing health and safety, and keeping the criminal element out of cannabis.


To stay up-to-date on the LDB’s cannabis operations, please visit
For information from the federal government, please visit Health Canada’s website.
If you are an LDB supplier or wholesale customer, please visit our
wholesale website.
If you have additional questions, please e-mail