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Call for new cannabis products

Aug. 14, 2019

The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) is inviting licensed cannabis producers to participate in a product call for new products that are due to be legalized later this year.

The product call is an opportunity for licensed producers to identify their interest and ability to supply the LDB with edibles, beverages, topicals and extracts, and other products included within the soon-to-be legalized non-medical cannabis product categories.

Products selected will be available to wholesale customers throughout the province in both licensed private retailers and government-run BC Cannabis Stores.

"This product call marks an exciting time for the LDB as we work toward introducing new product categories into B.C.'s legal cannabis market," said Blain Lawson, general manager and CEO, LDB. "We are currently working with over 30 licensed producers and look forward to engaging with new suppliers to expand our wholesale product assortment."

The product call will open at 9 a.m. (Pacific time) on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, and will close at 5p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Submission documents are available to licensed producers on BC Cannabis Wholesale website.

New federal regulations come into force on Oct. 17, 2019. However, licensed processors must provide Health Canada with notice at least 60 days before making a new cannabis product available for sale. Consequently, edibles, topicals and extracts will not be available for retail sale until late December. It will take time before a full suite of products in the three new classes will be available. Consumers should expect that, initially, there will be a limited selection, with further new products appearing gradually in legal stores.

The LDB contributes over $1.1 billion annually to the Province of British Columbia, providing funding for services like health care and education.

Learn More:
An overview of the final Health Canada regulations for edibles, topicals and extracts is available.

 

BC Cannabis Store set to open in Cranbrook

July 25, 2019

BC Cannabis Stores will soon open its doors in Cranbrook.

The store, located at unit #102 425 Victoria Avenue N, is one of nearly 15 government-run BC Cannabis Stores expected to open across the province before the end of the year.

The store will open to the public at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31st. Regular operating hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. It will offer a range of product including dried cannabis flower, oils, capsules and pre-rolls approved by Health Canada.

“We are looking forward to opening a BC Cannabis Store in Cranbrook, as we continue our efforts to rollout our network of retail stores and service the province,” said Kevin Satterfield, Director of Retail, Cannabis Operations. “BC Cannabis Stores is committed to being a good neighbour and integrating into the Cranbrook community.”

The store will be staffed by about 16 employees, including a store manager, two assistant store managers and knowledgeable cannabis consultants. Staff are committed to keeping cannabis out of the hands of youth, and will employ a strict two-ID check for people who look under 30, which ensures only those over the age of 19 enter the store.

The Cranbrook location will open on the same day as the BC Cannabis Store in Campbell River. Two stores are already open and operating in Kamloops.

All BC Cannabis Stores will be designed to be bright, clean, welcoming and professional, while creating a safe and favourable alternative to purchasing non-medical cannabis from the illicit market.

 

BC Cannabis Stores set to open in Campbell River

July 24, 2019

The first BC Cannabis Store on Vancouver Island will soon open its doors in Campbell River next week.

The store, located at #130 – 1416 Island Highway, within the Discovery Harbour Shopping Centre, is one of nearly 15 government-run BC Cannabis Stores expected to open across the province before the end of the year.

The store will open to the public at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31st. Regular operating hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. It will offer a range of product including dried cannabis flower, oils, capsules and pre-rolls approved by Health Canada.

“We are looking forward to opening a BC Cannabis Store in Campbell River, as we continue our efforts to rollout our network of retail stores and service the province,” said Kevin Satterfield, Director of Retail Operations, Cannabis Operations. “BC Cannabis Stores is committed to being a good neighbour and integrating into the Campbell River community.”

The store will be staffed by about 16 employees, including a store manager, two assistant store managers and knowledgeable cannabis consultants. Staff are committed to keeping cannabis out of the hands of youth, and will employ a strict two-ID check for people who look under 30, which ensures only those over the age of 19 enter the store.

The Campbell River location will open on the same day as the BC Cannabis Store in Cranbrook. Two stores are already open and operating in Kamloops.

All BC Cannabis Stores will be designed to be bright, clean, welcoming and professional, while creating a safe and favourable alternative to purchasing non-medical cannabis from the illicit market.

 

BlissCo Voluntary Recall- Cold Creek Kush and Green Kush Pre-Rolls

April 17, 2019

BlissCo has issued a voluntary recall on two SKUs (listed below), as the labelled “THC/total THC (mg)” per pre-roll is incorrectly overstated. Blissco encourages any customers who may have concerns about the labelling discrepancy to contact the LDB’s Customer Care Centre to make return arrangements.

Lot #s BCLDB Sku # Product Description
1905001 1013275
1013309
BLISSCO - COLD CREEK KUSH - 2X0.5G
BLISSCO - GREEN CUSH - 2X0.5G

Note: “THC/ Total THC (mg)” per pre-roll is not visible on the Cannabis Operations eCommerce website, and is only displayed on the retail selling unit packaging and inner container. The estimated THC/CBD % ranges, which were visible to you online at the time of purchase, remain accurate.

Summary of labelling error:

  • The “THC/total THC” information for Green Cush was printed 13.8mg/225.0mg per unit, instead of 6.9mg/ 112.5mg per unit, respectively.
  • The “THC/total THC” information for Cold Creek Cush was printed 8.95mg/229.0mg per unit, instead of 4.48mg/ 114.50mg per unit, respectively.

If you have any additional questions, or would like to arrange for a return of the impacted product, please contact our Customer Care Centre at 1-844-420-2227 or ccc@bcldb.com.

 

Six months since legalization of non-medical cannabis

April 17, 2019

Despite widespread supply shortages across Canada, steps taken by the BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) prior to and following legalization have safeguarded the province from supply outages impacting the business operations of retailers throughout the first six months of legalization.

The LDB has engaged with 34 licensed producers, and continues to work closely with suppliers to procure product as it becomes available. As part of ongoing efforts to create a range of products that include exclusive offerings, the LDB has also been engaging with new and small-scale producers as they receive licensing.

In the six months since legalization, the LDB has welcomed 18 private retailers to its wholesale line of business and looks forward to expanding service as more applicants successfully complete the licensing process. The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch has accepted 480 applications, 331 of which are awaiting local government approval. As part of a commitment to providing best-in-class service to wholesale customers, the LDB has encouraged open dialogue with its customers in order to understand and accommodate their needs.

The LDB has also been actively investigating potential locations for the rollout of its network of BC Cannabis Stores. To date, the LDB has received municipal approval for an additional 18 BC Cannabis Stores locations, and continues to work closely with municipalities across the province to identify and develop sites.

Locations that have received municipal approval include Williams Lake, Cranbook, Campbell River, Terrace, Fort St John, Salmon Arm, Prince George (two stores), Powell River, Quesnel, Port Alberni, Trail, Courtenay, Sechelt, Penticton and Vernon. The City of Kamloops, which welcomed the first BC Cannabis Store in the province on October 17, 2018, will be home to two additional stores expected to open this summer.

As part of the LDB’s commitment to continuous improvement, BC Cannabis Stores’ online sales channel will be adding user account functionality to enable a faster and more convenient shopping experience. Customers will soon be able to create a personal account and store their shipping information and view their order history, while ensuring the continued protection of their privacy.

Social responsibility has always been one of the LDB’s top priorities, and this value is being reinforced through the creation of extensive social responsibility campaigns and in-store education material. Campaigns such as ‘Don’t Drive High’ and ‘Keep Cannabis Away From Youth’ highlight the importance of responsible use of non-medical cannabis.

In an effort to further highlight the importance of social responsibility and share key operational updates, BC Cannabis Stores recently launched on social media, and can now be followed by people over the age of 19 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The LDB looks forward to continuing to strive towards offering best-in-class service via its wholesale and retail channels, and achieving its mandate of protecting young people and keeping the criminal element out of cannabis. It contributes over $1.1 billion annually to the Province of B.C., providing funding for services like health care and education.

Fast facts:

  • Since 12:01am on October 17, when the BC Cannabis Stores online sales channel went live, we have recorded a total of 100,716 transactions.
  • The Kamloops BC Cannabis Store has served 123,456 customers since opening its doors on October 17, 2018.
  • The LDB has engaged with 34 licensed producers, and is committed to working with any licensed producer that is interested in supplying the BC market.
  • Acknowledging BC’s discerning market, the LDB has worked closely with LPs as they create products that are exclusive to BC.
  • Top sellers continue to be high-CBD products, such as oils and capsules, and low-cost, high-THC products.

 

BC Cannabis Stores is hiring in Port Alberni

April 10, 2019

The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) will be holding a job fair in Port Alberni to recruit prospective employees for its BC Cannabis Store, set to open later this year.

The job fair will be held on Tuesday, April 16 from 11am to 6.30pm at the Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel. The event will serve as an opportunity for prospective BC Cannabis Stores employees to speak to representatives from the LDB, which operates BC Cannabis Stores, and learn more about the positions available and experience required.

BC Cannabis Stores is looking for one store manager, two assistant managers, six full-time cannabis consultants, and eight part-time/auxiliary cannabis consultants. 

While LDB recruiters will be collecting resumes at the event, all prospective candidates must submit their application via the LDB’s online portal at www.bcldb.com/about/careers to be considered.  All employment opportunities for BC Cannabis Stores are posted at this site.

Successful candidates will receive extensive training, concentrating on social responsibility practices related to safety and responsible adult use, comprehensive product knowledge and customer service skills. Product knowledge and an understanding of the essential elements related to cannabis products and the industry are appreciated, but not required. Retail experience is also appreciated.

BC Cannabis Stores employees will be required to undergo an Enhanced Security Screening check, in accordance with the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act.

The Port Alberni store will be located at #303 – 3555 Johnston Road, within the Pacific Rim Shopping Centre, and is expected to open later this year.

The LDB is considering a number of locations across various municipalities for its network of BC Cannabis Stores, and is focused on ensuring a careful and efficient rollout that will provide the best possible customer experience and meet all health and safety regulations.

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BC Cannabis Stores is hiring in Courtenay

April 10, 2019

The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) will be holding a job fair in Courtenay to recruit prospective employees for its BC Cannabis Store, set to open later this year.

The job fair will be held on Monday, April 15 from 12pm to 7pm at the Best Western Westerly Hotel. The event will serve as an opportunity for prospective BC Cannabis Stores employees to speak to representatives from the LDB, which operates BC Cannabis Stores, and learn more about the positions available and experience required.

BC Cannabis Stores is looking for one store manager, two assistant managers, six full-time cannabis consultants, and eight part-time/auxiliary cannabis consultants. 

While LDB recruiters will be collecting resumes at the event, all prospective candidates must submit their application via the LDB’s online portal at www.bcldb.com/about/careers to be considered.  All employment opportunities for BC Cannabis Stores are posted at this site.

Successful candidates will receive extensive training, concentrating on social responsibility practices related to safety and responsible adult use, comprehensive product knowledge and customer service skills. Product knowledge and an understanding of the essential elements related to cannabis products and the industry are appreciated, but not required. Retail experience is also appreciated.

BC Cannabis Stores employees will be required to undergo an Enhanced Security Screening check, in accordance with the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act.

The Courtenay store will be located at #105 – 757 Ryan Road within the Washington Park Shopping Centre complex, and is expected to open later this year.

The LDB is considering a number of locations across various municipalities for its network of BC Cannabis Stores, and is focused on ensuring a careful and efficient rollout that will provide the best possible customer experience and meet all health and safety regulations.

 

Invitation to Tender issued for Campbell River

March 27, 2019

The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) has issued an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for tenant improvements for BC Cannabis Stores in Campbell River.  

A one-time mandatory site inspection will be held on Wednesday, April 3, at 1pm Pacific Standard Time. The inspection will be held at #130 – #132 - 1416 Island Highway, Campbell River, BC V9W 8C9. The LDB’s project manager will be on hand to answer questions at this time. Late attendees may not be permitted to participate in the site inspection.

Documentation and bidding instructions related to this ITT are available at www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca, and can be found when browsing for opportunities by organization.

 

Canopy Growth Voluntary Recall LBS Sunset 3.5 gram

March 5, 2019

Canopy Growth has issued a voluntary recall of its LBS Sunset 3.5 gram dried flower specific to lot #SUN8213TSB. LDB Cannabis Operations has not shipped any of this product to customers; however, those with questions please contact the Customer Care Centre.

Please visit this link for further information.

 

LDB continues efforts to roll out BC Cannabis Stores

February 1, 2019

The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) is continuing its efforts to roll out its network of BC Cannabis Stores across the province.

The LDB is committed to working with municipalities to understand and align with their bylaws and business requirements, and has submitted applications to a number of municipalities throughout the province.

To date, we have received municipal approval to open BC Cannabis Stores in Campbell River, Williams Lake, Cranbrook, Terrace, Salmon Arm and Fort St John. The City of Kamloops has also approved applications for two stores to be established in Kamloops, in addition to the BC Cannabis Store that opened in that community on October 17, 2018.

At this time the LDB cannot say when additional stores might open, as lease negotiations are ongoing for many of the sites. Once a lease has been signed, it can take up to seven months to develop the site to suit the LDB’s needs and complete the store fit out. Updates related to the opening of BC Cannabis Stores will be announced as details are finalized.

Each BC Cannabis Store will be designed to be bright, clean, welcoming and professional, while creating a safe and favourable alternative to purchasing non-medical cannabis from the illicit market.

Employment opportunities for BC Cannabis Stores will be posted at http://www.bcldb.com/about/careers as they become available.

All BC Cannabis Stores employees will receive extensive training concentrating on social responsibility practices related to safety and responsible adult use, comprehensive product knowledge and customer service skills.

BC Cannabis Stores online store ensures all British Columbians have access to a regulated, safe cannabis product, regardless of where they live in BC, via a safe and secure sales platform.

LDB identifies efficiencies to benefit BC Cannabis Stores’ online customers

October 31, 2018

The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) has identified a number of efficiencies in its delivery model for online orders of non-medical cannabis to directly benefit customers of BC Cannabis Stores.

To support the best possible customer experience, the LDB has reduced the cost of shipping and now provides a shorter delivery period for orders.

Effective immediately, customers of the online store will pay a reduced shipping fee of $8.00, down from $10.00, and the LDB has committed to delivering online orders within one to four business days; however, there may be delivery delays in the areas affected by the ongoing Canada Post rotating strikes.

Customers who order from the online BC Cannabis Store before 11.59pm will receive their order within one to four business days, depending on where in the province they are ordering from.

Also, as part of its commitment to social and environmental responsibility, the LDB has reduced the size and formatting of packing materials.

As its cannabis line of business continues to mature, the LDB will continue to identify possible efficiencies that will have a flow-on effect to customers.

The LDB’s retail product assortment will continue to be refined and updated in order to cater to customer demand. New products are being added to the site on a weekly basis, and the LDB is looking at opportunities with additional licensed producers.

Visit BC Cannabis Stores’ online store at www.bccannabisstores.com to view the entire product assortment.

B.C. enters new era as cannabis becomes legal

October 16, 2018

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, British Columbians throughout the province will be able to legally purchase non-medical cannabis online from: www.bccannabisstores.com

British Columbians 19 years of age and older will have the opportunity to purchase regulated cannabis regardless of where they live in the province. The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) has entered into a contract with Canada Post to deliver online cannabis orders to customers.

Keeping cannabis out of the hands of minors was a key consideration for the LDB in appointing a third-party delivery provider. Canada Post will undertake age-verification checks in the event that a customer appears to be under the age of 25 years. If age verification fails, the product will be returned to the LDB and full purchase price and associated taxes will be refunded.

Customers will pay a $10 shipping fee when ordering from BC Cannabis Stores’ online store. Online orders will be shipped from the LDB’s distribution centre within 48 business hours of the order being placed.

The first BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops is set to open at 10 a.m. (Pacific time) Wednesday morning. The store, located in the Columbia Place Shopping Centre, will have 24 cannabis consultants standing by to serve. The store will feature about 85 dried-flower strains of cannabis plus a selection of oils, capsules and pre-rolls approved by Health Canada.

Additional licensed cannabis retail stores will open in the coming months, as private cannabis retailers proceed through the regulatory and permit process overseen by the Liquor Cannabis Regulation Branch. Private and public retailers will be allowed to sell dried cannabis, cannabis oils, capsules and seeds that comply with federal requirements. These stores may also sell cannabis accessories, as defined in the federal Cannabis Act, such as rolling papers, pipes and bongs.

The provincial government is committed to ensuring safe, responsible sales of non-medical cannabis and helping ensure products stay out of the hands of minors.

Learn More:

Explore our cannabis responsibility blog to find out more about the legal, health, and social issues surrounding the safe and responsible use of cannabis in British Columbia.

BC LDB establishes retail brand for non-medical cannabis

April 26, 2018

VANCOUVER – The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) is announcing that, once legalized, public cannabis stores and the online retail store for non-medical cannabis will operate under the brand, BC Cannabis Stores.

The name and brand aligns with the BC Liquor Stores brand and will be used on store signage and printed materials. Developed in-house, the brand will be used as the LDB creates a new and separate business operation to support the wholesale distribution and sale of non-medical cannabis.

The LDB expects to open the first government-operated retail store and to implement an e-commerce solution to offer online sales to the public, by the end of summer 2018, to ensure British Columbians have access to non-medical cannabis once legalized.

Retail stores (both government and private) will only be permitted to sell a maximum of 30 grams of dried cannabis (or its equivalent in oil) to an individual at one time. BC Cannabis Stores will be the province’s sole online cannabis retailer.

The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (formerly Liquor Control and Licensing Branch) is responsible for licensing private non-medical cannabis retail stores and monitoring compliance of both public and private stores. Information regarding retail licensing can be found on its website.

BC LDB to begin preparing for retail and online non-medical cannabis sales

February 5, 2018

The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) is aiming to open the first government-operated non-medical cannabis retail store by late summer, and has begun exploring an e-commerce model to offer online sales to the public.

This follows the announcement by the provincial government that British Columbians will be able to purchase non-medical cannabis from both privately run and government-operated standalone retail stores.

“We’re excited about planning and building-out online sales and a new retail network of standalone, public cannabis stores – but it’s important to keep in mind that this won’t happen overnight,” said Blain Lawson, LDB’s general manager and CEO.

“First, we have to establish a wholesale distribution system and prepare its operations for when the federal government is expected to legalize cannabis later this year. The public retail model will be phased in over time.”

The LDB’s top focus will be on ensuring safe, responsible sales of non-medical cannabis and helping ensure the product stays out of the hands of minors.

The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) will be responsible for licensing and monitoring the retail non-medical cannabis sector, leveraging its expertise in managing the licensing, regulation and inspection of liquor retailers. The rules governing non-medical cannabis retail stores will be similar to those currently in place for liquor retail stores, and public and private retailers will have similar operating rules. LCRB will be launching an application portal for individuals and businesses interested in applying for a private non-medical cannabis retail licence this spring.

Non-medical cannabis retail will not be co-located with any other businesses, such as liquor stores or pharmacies. The provincial government may consider exceptions in the future but, for now, a non-medical cannabis retail store must be a self-contained business. There may be exceptions for rural stores, similar to rural liquor stores, with more information on this to come.

This decision was made based on recommendations by a federal government task force which cautioned against co-locating alcohol and non-medical cannabis; a position supported by British Columbia’s medical health officers, it also reflects feedback received from local governments.

Public and private non-medical cannabis retail stores will be permitted to sell dried cannabis, cannabis oils that comply with federal requirements, and seeds. These stores may also sell cannabis accessories, as defined in the proposed federal Cannabis Act, such as rolling papers, holders, pipes, bongs, etc. Cannabis edibles are expected to be available within 12 months of legalization, as determined by the federal government.

Quick Facts:

  • The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) will be the sole, wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis for the province and will also operate stand-alone, public retail stores and provide online sales.
  • The Liquor Control and Licensing Branch will be responsible for licensing private non-medical cannabis retail stores and monitoring compliance of both public and private stores.
  • LDB has issued a Request for Proposals for an e-Commerce solution and will have more information about timelines and how this solution will work in the coming months.
  • Nova Scotia and Northwest Territories are the only jurisdictions in North America that plan to pair alcohol and cannabis sales. No U.S. state that has legalized cannabis allows co-location of the two products.
  • Retail stores (both government and private) will only be allowed to sell a maximum of 30 grams of dried cannabis (or its equivalent in oil) to an individual at one time.
  • Private retail stores will not be permitted to offer online sales.
  • Unlike liquor stores, minors will not be permitted to enter non-medical cannabis retail stores, even if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. (There may be exceptions for rural businesses).

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