The British Columbia Liquor Distribution Division (LDB) is the province's only wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis and operates independent public retail stores and offers online sales. Non-medical cannabis will only be sold in independent cannabis retail stores and will not be sold together with other products, such as liquor. It is the first phase of the labor action announced by the union representing 33,000 employees in sectors ranging from victim services to casinos. In B and C, all recreational cannabis and most alcohol are processed through a provincial distribution branch before heading to stores.
Many bars will continue to receive deliveries of certain B, C beverages, because regulations allow direct delivery from certain provincial breweries, distilleries and wineries. However, popular and relatively cheap beverages will be scarce if this strike lasts a week, Guignard said. The LDB is actively seeking opportunities to establish its stores in municipalities that pass resolutions in favor of public stores. Public and private stores can sell dry cannabis, cannabis oils that meet federal requirements, and seeds.
Public and private stores will be able to sell dry cannabis, cannabis oils that meet federal requirements, and seeds. As a government retailer, the alcoholic beverage distribution branch is the only entity that offers online sales through its BC cannabis online store. In addition, placing and selling cannabis in liquor stores would lead to a greater proportion of the population being introduced to cannabis, including many people who would not otherwise find it. The LDB will actively seek to establish its stores in rural, urban and indigenous communities that have introduced guidelines and statutes that clearly dictate where public and private cannabis retailers can operate.
The LDB is actively investigating additional locations across the province to deploy its network of British Columbia cannabis stores. Non-medical cannabis retail stores will comply with the zoning statutes, security codes and business licensing requirements of the municipality in which they wish to do business. The LDB's British Columbia online cannabis store ensures that British Columbians have access to a regulated and safe product, regardless of where they live in British Columbia. The LDB is currently investigating suitable locations across the province for its future network of British Columbia cannabis stores.