The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) will be the sole, wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis for the province, will operate standalone, public retail stores and will be the only entity to provide online sales. The LDB is also one of two branches of government responsible for the beverage alcohol industry in BC.
We're working towards establishing and opening our first retail store for non-medical cannabis in-line with federal legalization, on October 17, 2018, as well as launching an online sales platform to serve end consumers and retailers.
The provincial government’s decision to entrust the LDB with the sale of non-medical cannabis speaks to our strengths and the service we currently provide in managing a safe, secure network of retail liquor stores. Our key priorities will continue to be the protection of young people, ensuring health and safety standards, and keeping the criminal element out of cannabis.
The LDB is proud to have contributed more than $1 billion annually to the province of BC, helping to provide financial support for vital public services such as health care and education.
To serve the interests of our customers and stakeholders, we will:
- Manage the warehousing and distribution of non-medical cannabis
- Deliver quality products and services through our network of BC Cannabis Stores
- Sell non-medical cannabis products to retailers throughout BC
- Promote the safe and responsible use of products
The LDB operates within the legislative framework established by the provincial and federal governments.
The LDB has a general manager and CEO who will be responsible for overseeing the wholesale distribution of non-medical cannabis and BC Cannabis Stores, subject to direction from the Attorney General.
The Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat under the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General coordinates the development of a provincial regulatory framework.
The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch will be responsible for licensing private stores and monitoring the retail sector.