Cannabis Retail Sales

Canada’s Cannabis Act came into force Oct. 17, 2018, enabling the use and retail sale of recreational cannabis.

Retail sales of cannabis are not currently permitted in Port Coquitlam. During fall 2018, the City of Port Coquitlam is working with the community to determine how it will regulate cannabis retail sales.

Background and Current Status

In September, the City consulted the public on proposed regulations and policies intended to minimize the impact of cannabis retail sales on the community by:

  • Establishing guidelines for location, store size and design, and
  • Requiring all potential locations to be approved through a rezoning process, allowing Council to consider potential impacts, receive community feedback and make decisions on a case-by-case basis.

Cannabis Use: Did You Know?

The use of recreational cannabis in Port Coquitlam is governed by:

  • Provincial and federal regulations, summarized on this website.
  • The City’s smoking bylaw, which prohibits smoking and vaping, including cannabis, in places of assembly (e.g. a hall), parks and playgrounds, outdoor public spaces, at building entrances, near bus stops and other locations. Read Smoking Control Bylaw 4037.

This is similar to the way the City carefully regulates the retail sale of liquor.

Thank you to all who provided feedback in September. More than 900 community members and stakeholders took the online survey, attended the open house or provided written comments.

Update: A report summarizing the results and recommending next steps will be considered by Committee of Council on Tues Dec 4, 2018.

Why We Are Considering Cannabis Retail Sales in Port Coquitlam

Once the Cannabis Act is enacted by the federal government on Oct. 17, 2018, it will be legal to produce, distribute, sell and possess recreational cannabis throughout Canada. The Province of British Columbia has also adopted legislation that provides a framework for how cannabis uses will be regulated in B.C.

The City has the ability to determine whether to permit cannabis retail sales in our community, and to set regulations and restrictions.

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What if I Don’t Agree with the Legalization of Cannabis?

The legislation to legalize cannabis has been adopted by the federal government and has been in force since Oct. 17, 2018. The City’s role is limited to those powers that have been delegated to it by the Federal and Provincial Governments, including determining if and where retail stores and production facilities will be permitted in Port Coquitlam and under what conditions.

Thank you to those who providedfeedback on the proposal to permit and regulate cannabis retail sales within the City.

What Would the Initial Application and Rezoning Process Look Like?

The City conducted public consultation during September and will report back to Council’s Community and Intergovernmental Committee in late fall 2018.


Graeme Muir
Planning Analyst, Development Services
Tel 604.927.5249