Vancouver's first two licensed marijuana retailers open for business

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Vancouver’s first legal pot shops are open for business, more than two months after marijuana was legalized in Canada.

City Cannabis Co.’s Fraser Street location and Evergreen Cannabis Society in Kitsilano have opened their doors.

Both companies had to jump through extensive regulatory hoops, even as illegal retailers continue to operate across in the city.

British Columbia has lagged behind other provinces in issuing non-medical cannabis retail licences, which must first be approved by the province, then referred to local governments or Indigenous communities for approval.

The province says it has referred 232 application to local and Indigenous governments, but only six licences have been issued, including Evergreen and two City Cannabis locations in Vancouver.

City Cannabis says it plans to open its Robson location soon.

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