Cannabis Regulatory Framework

On December 13, 2021, Coquitlam Council approved the proposed Cannabis Regulatory Framework, including amendments to the Zoning Bylaw, Business Licence Bylaw, Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw, and Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw. The framework provides regulations on the locations and operations of cannabis production and processing facilities and retail stores in the City of Coquitlam. The associated Cannabis Production, Processing, and Retail Policy and Procedure provides additional guidance for the review of cannabis related applications, including the establishment of a cannabis retail store application intake period, review process, and evaluation criteria. 

Cannabis Regulatory Framework Public Engagement

Feedback on the City's approach to regulating cannabis-related businesses in Coquitlam was gathered in a survey in early 2021. The feedback obtained was used to inform the City's Cannabis Regulatory Framework.

Cannabis Retail Stores

Zoning approval has been granted for six cannabis retail stores in the City, and applications for additional stores are not being considered at this time. The overall Cannabis Regulatory Framework will be reviewed in 2024, and the possibility of allowing additional stores will be considered through this process.

On October 17, 2018, the federal government’s Cannabis Act came into force, legalizing the sale and consumption of non-medical cannabis, subject to additional provincial and local regulation. Since then, the City of Coquitlam has conducted background research and public engagement to develop its own Cannabis Regulatory Framework to provide regulations on cannabis production, processing, and retail stores in the City. On December 13, 2021, Coquitlam Council approved the proposed Cannabis Regulatory Framework, including amendments to the Zoning Bylaw, Business Licence Bylaw, Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw, and Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw.