Cannabis Regulatory Framework

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Since cannabis became legal in 2018, and following an extensive period of background research, including a review of the approaches taken by other municipalities, the City of Coquitlam developed a proposed Cannabis Regulatory Framework. The Framework will guide how the City will implement regulations and policies for cannabis production and processing facilities and retail stores in Coquitlam.

On December 13, 2021, Coquitlam Council approved the proposed Cannabis Regulatory Framework, including amendments to the Zoning Bylaw, Business Licence Bylaw, Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw, and Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw. The framework provides regulations on the locations and operations of cannabis production and processing facilities and retail stores in the City of Coquitlam. The associated Cannabis Production, Processing, and Retail Policy and Procedure provides additional guidance for the review of cannabis related applications, including the establishment of a cannabis retail store application intake period, review process, and evaluation criteria.

Next steps

The application intake window for cannabis retail stores will be open from January 4 – 14, 2022.

Public Engagement

Feedback on the City's approach to regulating cannabis-related businesses in Coquitlam was gathered in a survey in early 2021. The feedback obtained was used to inform the City's Cannabis Regulatory Framework. You can view a summary of the feedback we received in our What We Heard infographic. We thank everyone who provided their input throughout this process.

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Since cannabis became legal in 2018, and following an extensive period of background research, including a review of the approaches taken by other municipalities, the City of Coquitlam developed a proposed Cannabis Regulatory Framework. The Framework will guide how the City will implement regulations and policies for cannabis production and processing facilities and retail stores in Coquitlam.

On December 13, 2021, Coquitlam Council approved the proposed Cannabis Regulatory Framework, including amendments to the Zoning Bylaw, Business Licence Bylaw, Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw, and Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw. The framework provides regulations on the locations and operations of cannabis production and processing facilities and retail stores in the City of Coquitlam. The associated Cannabis Production, Processing, and Retail Policy and Procedure provides additional guidance for the review of cannabis related applications, including the establishment of a cannabis retail store application intake period, review process, and evaluation criteria.

Next steps

The application intake window for cannabis retail stores will be open from January 4 – 14, 2022.

Public Engagement

Feedback on the City's approach to regulating cannabis-related businesses in Coquitlam was gathered in a survey in early 2021. The feedback obtained was used to inform the City's Cannabis Regulatory Framework. You can view a summary of the feedback we received in our What We Heard infographic. We thank everyone who provided their input throughout this process.

Stay informed

Sign up to receive updates on this project by clicking the "Subscribe" button above.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    This survey will ask your opinion about how the City proposes to regulate cannabis-related businesses in Coquitlam. Depending how much detail you choose to provide, the survey should take 5 to 10 minutes.


    How Your Input Will Be Used
    Your input will help us understand the level of community support for the City's proposed approach, which will inform Coquitlam’s Cannabis Regulatory Framework.


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Page last updated: 15 December 2021, 11:53