Cannabis Retail licenses will not be issued by the BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) unless the CSRD Board supports the issuance of the license.
The CSRD must provide the chance for community feedback before making a decision on whether or not to support the application. This consultation can be through a public survey, or may also include a public meeting if requested by the Electoral Area Director.
Health Canada is the approval authority for all cannabis cultivation and processing licenses (including both “Micro” and Standard” licenses) under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations and Cannabis Act.
Health Canada does not require the CSRD's support of a proposal to allow it. They also do not require public consultation. The CSRD is, however, able to provide a response to Health Canada regarding whether the application complies with relevant CSRD Bylaws and policies and a summary of public input.