Cannabis Retail Stores
In order to purchase a business licence for a Cannabis Retail Store in Creston, a Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Licence, issued by the British Columbia Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) is required.
Applications to the LCRB will be referred to the Town of Creston for comment and recommendations prior to LCRB consideration. The Town of Creston will, upon receipt of the LCRB referral, contact the applicant and provide them with the Town of Creston application form.
Upon submission of the application form and payment of the application fee, the Town will advertise a Notice of Intent at Town Hall, in the newspaper, and online, requesting written submissions from residents and property owners within 300m (approx. 4 blocks) of the proposed location. Properties within 60m of the proposed location will be notified by hand delivery of the Notice of Intent, to ensure they are aware of the opportunity to provide comment.
Written submissions from affected residents will be presented to Council for consideration of whether to provide a positive or negative recommendation to the LCRB. The LCRB will not issue a Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Licence without a positive recommendation from the Town of Creston. Even with a positive recommendation from local government, the LCRB may deny an application for licence.
Only businesses in possession of a Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Licence, issued by the LCRB, may apply for a business licence to operate a Cannabis Retail Store in Creston.
To learn more about the application process, or to begin an application for a Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Licence visit the LCRB application portal.
Cannabis Buffer Areas Map
A primary public entry to a Cannabis Retail Store, Cannabis Micro Cultivation, Cannabis Micro Processing, Cannabis Standard Cultivation, Cannabis Standard Processing, Cannabis Research, or Medical Marihuana Production Facility use may not be established within the 150m Buffer from Public Schools or Public Spaces, as indicated on this map.
Production, Processing, Analysis, and Research Facilities
Production, processing, analysis, and research are permitted in specific zones within the Town Creston and under certain conditions, as defined in Consolidated Zoning Bylaw No. 1958, 2022. Businesses wishing to operate a cannabis production, processing, analysis, or research facility must first obtain a Licence from the Minister of Health (Canada).
Information regarding licencing though the Minister of Health is available here.