Cannabis Regulatory Framework

The City is developing a Cannabis Regulatory Framework to implement policies, guidelines, and regulations for cannabis production and processing facilities and cannabis retail stores in Coquitlam.

On November 2, 2020, Council endorsed the scope, process, and consultation strategy for the City’s Cannabis Regulatory Framework. View the staff report.

Regulatory Framework Approach

The general approach proposed for considering the different types of cannabis-related businesses is as follows:

  1. Production Facilities: Allow approval as-of-right in locations zoned for industrial use.
  2. Processing Facilities: Allow approval as-of-right in locations zoned for industrial and business enterprise uses.
  3. Retail Stores: Allow approval on a case-by-case basis (e.g. through a zoning text amendment, which requires Council approval) in locations designated and zoned for commercial uses.

Other considerations that will require further work include minimum buffer distances from sensitive uses (e.g. playgrounds, schools) and odour management. 

Public consultation is scheduled to begin in early 2021. 

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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.  In anticipation of legalization, the City adopted an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw on April 30, 2018. These amendments continue to allow medical cannabis grow operations in certain industrial areas under set conditions but prohibit all other cannabis-related land uses, including retail sales, at this time. A copy of the report outlining these interim regulations is available here.