McQUARRIE – City’s words and actions don’t match up on pot dispensaries

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WEEK OF RUMOURS, speculation, intrigue and drugs. Whoever thinks life in Kamloops is life in the slow lane has not been paying attention to the ever-unfolding story of cannabis retailers vs. the City of Kamloops.

To bring you up to speed; Kamloops business licence inspectors visited all but one of the dozen or so cannabis dispensary outlets last week. The purpose behind each visit was to deliver a notice that in all but one instance included a statement that said, “No business licence can be issued at this time. Would strongly suggest. Cease operation on or before March 31, 2018.”

Marvin Kwiatkowski, the City’s Development, Engineering & Sustainability Director, explained most of these inspection reports as “informational letters”.

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Bill McQuarrie is a Kamloops entrepreneur. He can be contacted at He tweets @bafflegabbed.

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1 Comment on McQUARRIE – City’s words and actions don’t match up on pot dispensaries

  1. Alan Firseth // March 21, 2018 at 7:08 AM // Reply

    It appears to be fine to open an illegal pot dispensary selling what is still an illegal substance, and having no City of Kamloops business license.
    If that’s the case, and how can it be argued otherwise, how could the City shut down anyone opening a business selling whatever they want?

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