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Changes to B.C. law helps cannabis retailers be more compliant


June 25, 2020
By Grow Opportunity staff

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Legal cannabis shops in B.C. are now allowed to have transparent windows in their storefronts.

As of June 18, this new amendment to provincial law clarifies conflicting city bylaws which require retail stores to have all transparent exterior windows. Previously, cannabis retailers had to break provincial law to comply to city requirements.

The B.C. government has created a new program called Selling It Right, which store budtenders and licensees will be required to complete in order to work in the legal sector.

“These changes underline our government’s efforts to be flexible in the rules governing the legal cannabis industry as we gather more experience in a regulated market,” B.C. Attorney General David Eby said in a release.

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“These changes will help employees feel safer while at work and ensure cannabis workers will be thoroughly trained to be safe, smart and socially responsible in their jobs.”

The course can be completed online for a $35 fee, plus GST, and certification will be valid for two years after completion. Existing licensees and staff have until Sept. 30 to complete training before the regulation comes into force.

New cannabis retail store licensees, marketing licence applicants, retail and government cannabis store sales staff and supervisors must earn certification prior to operating a store, working in a store or being issued a marketing licence.