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Cannabis in B.C.
  • Non-medical cannabis was legalized in B.C. in October 2018.
  • Cannabis can be legally purchased from licensed private non-medical cannabis stores, publicly run BC Cannabis Stores or stores authorized to sell cannabis through a government-to-government agreement with an Indigenous Nation.
  • There were 426 licensed cannabis retail stores in B.C. at the end of 2021.
  • In 2021, B.C.’s cannabis stores saw $554 million in sales, up from $370 million the previous year.
  • Almost one-third of British Columbians 19 and older report having used cannabis in the past year.
  • The Province is continually monitoring the impact of cannabis legalization on the health and safety of British Columbians.
  • The results of the 2021 B.C. Cannabis Use Survey, which surveyed almost 25,000 British Columbians, will be published this spring.