Cannabis was legalized 20 months ago. But it appears to be business as usual for Vancouver’s illegal pot shops

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Discussion posted by: Papertroll

The City of Vancouver says 16 cannabis retailers are still operating unlicensed storefronts, while 24 are fully licensed. For a cannabis retail shop to operate legally in Vancouver, it requires a provincial licence, a municipal licence and a municipal development permit, which, altogether, cost owners more than $35,000 a year, according to Le and Dinh. As well, legalized shops are only permitted to sell regulated, higher-priced government cannabis products. These extra costs are reflected in the price of the products on retailers’ shelves, which can often give the black market the upper hand.