The Province announced Friday that private licensed cannabis retail stores can now sell cannabis-related items such as clothing, and books.

The Ministry of Public Safety says this provides customers more options and stores additional revenue streams.

“Expanding the range of items available through private licensees will provide further support to a thriving, legal cannabis sector in B.C.,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

“At the same time, important restrictions will remain in place to help prevent unsafe activities and ensure we’re not promoting or supporting the use of cannabis by minors.”

Before this change, stores could sell only cannabis, cannabis accessories such as rolling papers and pipes, shopping bags and prepaid purchase cards.

The Ministry says stores will need to meet specific health and safety conditions and still cannot sell unrelated items, such as snacks and beverages not containing cannabis.

“Many of our customers have a strong interest in peripheral items related to cannabis culture, like clothing,” said Jaclynn Pehota, executive director, Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers. “We welcome the freedom to meet this demand and provide our customers with more of a one-stop shopping experience.”

Before amending its cannabis regulation, government considered industry input, federal legislation, public-health objectives and potential effects on minors, according to the Ministry.

The items sold cannot: