Cannabis Regulation in Mission
Updated June 8, 2023:
At its meeting on December 19, 2022, Council passed a motion under Resolution No. RC22-629 that revised the moratorium for new retail cannabis store applications within the City of Mission. The moratorium will:
- remain in place for the Mission Core and Cedar Valley neighbourhoods;
- allow a maximum of up to three new retail cannabis stores (1 per area) in the following areas as defined in the City’s Official Community Plan:
- Silverdale (which includes the Silverdale Community and Silverdale neighbourhood);
- North Mission (which includes Steelhead, Stave Falls, Keystone, Silverhill and Ferndale Neighbourhoods); and,
On June 5, 2023, Council approved an application within Silverdale (which includes the Silverdale Community and Silverdale neighbourhood). No further applications will be accepted within this area at this time.
The revised moratorium is scheduled to be reviewed by Council in 2025.
For further information view the December 19, 2022 Staff Report to Council on page 165 of the Agenda; and/or watch the recorded meeting here.
Contact the Planning Division at email@example.com or call 604-820-3748 for further clarification.
Cannabis in Mission
As of October 17, 2018, the selling of cannabis for non-medicinal purposes became legal within Canada. The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) is the licensing authority for the province of BC for non-medical cannabis retail stores. A retail cannabis store must be a standalone business only. Prior to the LCRB issuing a licence, input and a positive recommendation from the local government is required.
Please review Policy LEG.04 which outlines the process and requirements for submitting a Cannabis Retail Store application.
As per Policy LEG.04, Council will consider the following when determining whether to support, non-support, or support with conditions, a Cannabis Retail Store Licence:
- Location: Retail Cannabis licences may only be issued in a prescribed zone as per the Zoning Bylaw.
- Land Use Impact: Impacts on adjacent and nearby land uses.
- Public Input: Consider views from the public through a Public Input process.
- Community Benefit: How the applicant intends to fit within the community.
The following generally outlines the process for a Retail Cannabis Sales Licence Applications:
- Pre-Application Review Meeting (optional)
- Provincial Cannabis Retail Sales Licence Application
- Provincial Notification to the City
- Provincial Referral to the City
- Submit Retail Cannabis Store application and fees to the City
- City Application Review
- Report to Council
- Public Input Session
- *Council Consideration (may occur the same evening as Public Input Session)
- Council submits recommendations to the LCRB for each application
- LCRB continues their internal review
- If approved by LCRB, submit Business Licence fee.
*Regardless of compliance with zoning regulations, Council is not obligated to support an application for a private Cannabis Retail Store.
Retail Cannabis Stores
The following applications have been approved for retail cannabis stores in Mission:
- 32530 Lougheed Highway (Unit 212)
- 32988 – 1st Avenue
- 32423 Lougheed Highway (Unit 111)
- 8778 Cedar Street (Unit 101)
- 29560 Lougheed Highway (Unit C-102)
The following application has been approved for a provincial retail cannabis store:
- 31956 Lougheed Highway (Units D0003 & D0004)
Cannabis Production Facilities
Currently, Mission prohibits cannabis primary production within municipal boundaries except as permitted within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALC Website).
Secondary production (utilizing cannabis as an ingredient) is allowed under existing permitted uses within the zoning bylaw. Please refer to Zoning Bylaw 5949-2020; or contact the Development Services Department for further information.
There are four levels of Cannabis Primary Producers
1. Standard Cultivation
2. Micro Cultivation
4. Personal Producers
The City of Mission is currently undergoing a review of its existing regulatory framework for Primary Producers (Standard, Micro and Nursery). The regulatory framework will contemplate all types and scales of production.
Please watch the City of Mission website for regulatory framework progress updates.
Mission is not interested in regulating the home cultivation, considered under the Cannabis Act as not requiring a licence. Mission will continue to actively enforce the Good Neighbour Bylaw.
Regulations, Forms and Background Information:
Please see Policy LEG.04 for a full description for Cannabis Retail Store Applications:
- Policy LEG.04 – Cannabis Retail Store Licence Applications
- Retail Cannabis Store Application Form
- 2020-11-16 – Introduction of application RC20-006
- 2020-07-06 – Final Report for applications RC20-001, RC20-002, RC20-003, RC20-004 and RC20-005
- 2020-06-01 – Introduction of Applications RC20-001, RC20-002, RC20-003, RC20-004 and RC20-005
- 2019-12-16 – Application RC19-001 (31956 Lougheed Highway)
- 2019-11-18 – Policy LEG.04(C ) for Adoption
- 2019-10-21 – Public Hearing for bylaws 5861-2019-5050(355) and 5859-2019-3964(7)
- 2019-10-07 – To allow the regulation and sale of recreational cannabis
Other Related Links:
- Business Licence Bylaw 3964-2007
- Zoning Bylaw 5949-2020
- Land Use Application Procedures and Fees Bylaw 3612-2003
- Official Community Plan Bylaw 5670-2017