Vancouver awards fifth marijuana business license to The Healing Centre

After a six-month remodel, the business will be opening it's doors on Monday, Oct. 9, with a Grand Opening on Saturday, Nov. 5

The City of Vancouver has awarded their fifth business license under their Medical Marijuana Related Use (MMRU) dealers license to The Healing Centre at 6416 Main St.

The Healing Centre originally operated at 6462 Main St. for two years, but when the new MMRU regulations came out in late 2015, the owner, Spencer Sangara, took it upon himself to to measure the distance between his business and a nearby community centre and noticed he was three meters too close to pass the city's 300 m zoning rule. Luckily, a store a few doors down that was far enough away was available for rent at 6416 Main St. and Sangara closed his store and has been undergoing an extensive remodel at the new location for the past 6 months.

He says they will have their soft opening Monday, Oct. 9, and a grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 5.

"I just wanted to work with the city and stay in their good books because they've been good to me since day one," Sanagara told Lift. "A lot of people said it was the wrong decision to close down, but I'm glad we did what we did. We've put a lot into this. The new store is a huge improvement and we're really excited. We wanted to create something amazing that Vancouver can be proud of."

Vancouver’s licensing process has been progressing slowly for over a year now, after being formally approved in an 8-3 vote by City Council in June of 2015. City Councillor Kerry Jang, the city’s lead on the MMRU ticket, has said the process could take years to complete, blaming issues like background security checks required for the final stage of achieving a Business License.

140 of 176 applications were initially refused in October of 2015 because they were in non-permitted zones or did not meet distancing regulations requiring they be 300 m from other dispensaries, schools, community centres, etc. Jang has said in the past he believes ultimately about 15-20 MMRU licenses will be issued.

Licenses are awarded in three stages. Businesses must first obtain a conditional permit, then a development permit, and finally a business license. While Vancouver awards a license to these businesses, it says it cannot regulate the products they sell. These dispensaries, while licensed by the city, remain illegal under Federal law, as Health Canada frequently reminds.

Victoria also recently began moving forward with their own retail marijuana licensing program, with city council there passing regulations last month that will soon allow businesses to apply for a variance to the city's formal ban on dispensaries, compassion clubs, etc.


5 Business Licenses

Wealth Shop Society – 104-4545 West 10th Ave

Aura Health Studio – MPN Society (Formerly MedPotNow) –1316 Kingsway

Urban Earth Med Society — 1605 Renfrew St

Green Valley Medicinal (formerly Medicinal Express)— 699 E 65th Ave

The Healing Centre — 6416 Main St

10 Vancouver MMRU Development Permits

Eggs Canna — 208 East 16 Avenue

LotusLand Fairview Cannabis Society— 1110 W Broadway

Scooter Health Society (Formerly EDEN) — 3441 Kingsway

THCC The Herb Co — 1193 Main St. 

The Budda Barn — 2179 West 4th

BC Pain Society — 2894 East Broadway

Westcoast Medicann —  3150 Cambie Street (specifically 3178 Cambie Street)

EVO Medi Society — 1501 Commercial Dr.

Stressed and Depressed — 1357 East 41st

700 W Broadway— WestCanna

19 Dispensaries With Conditional Permits

211 E 17th — Grateful Med

3357 W 4th Ave — Point Grey Cannabis

1712 West 4th Avenue — Apollo Medical Society

1952 West 4th Avenue— Lotusland Cannabis Society

3747 West 10th Avenue — Banana Health Society

3028 Arbutus — Herban Legends

258 West Broadway Sunrise— Wellness Foundation

351 Columbia St— Farm Dispensary

6415 Fraser — The Herb Co

138 E Hastings — Eden Medicinal One

779 Kingsway — The Herb Co

2768 Kingsway — Medicinal Express

2943 Kingsway – Suite A — Sunrise Wellness Foundation

4296 Main Street — Green Cross

1745 Nanaimo Street — The Herb Co

1429 Robson Street — S.W.E.D.

205 Southeast Marine Drive — MMJ Canada

4520 Victoria Drive — Karuna Health

5055 Victoria Dr. — The Herb Co.

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  1. Janice West Reply

    CBD oil from hemp. Do dispensaries carry it or do they just want CBD from the marijuana plant? Don't want the high at all.