CANNABIS – Kamloops picked for first government-owned marijuana outlet

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Kamloops will be the first city in B.C. to get a government-owned cannabis retail outlet.

The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) announced today (July 11, 2018) that the 3,000 m2 BC Cannabis Store will be in the Columbia Place Shopping Centre in Sahali.

The LDB is also looking at several locations in other cities for BC Cannabis Stores.

“We have been working collaboratively with the B.C. provincial government throughout the changing legislation,” said City of Kamloops chief administrative officer David Trawin.

“The City of Kamloops will proceed to work in this manner as the public-private retail cannabis model rolls out in Kamloops.”

The Kamloops store will be staffed with about 20 employees, including a store manager, assistant manager, and cannabis consultants. Job postings are expected to be published within the next week on

Mayor Ken Christian said the proposal will need the City’s approval before beginning operations. The LDB will apply for municipal approval of the store site when the City begins accepting applications for non-medical cannabis retail outlets in September.

A government media release said Kamloops was chosen for the first store based on municipal readiness for the zoning of cannabis retail operations and site suitability.

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4 Comments on CANNABIS – Kamloops picked for first government-owned marijuana outlet

  1. the government has no business in the cannabis industry while people rot in jail for it’s production and children are torn from their parents over it’s use. get your own house in order before you try to take over.

  2. Tony Hyatt // July 11, 2018 at 3:12 PM // Reply

    hope they do not grow it with biosolids

  3. Ian MacKenzie // July 11, 2018 at 2:07 PM // Reply

    Having had a career in education and seen the results of other brain-altering drugs on young minds I’m crossing my fingers and holding my breath on this one. Add this to alcohol and I’m sure glad I no longer have to supervise any more school dances! For medical purposes OK, much like fentanyl but I’d like to know what experience Justin has had with the stuff that makes him think that keeping the money out of the hands of the criminal element is worth putting young brains at risk. Just call me doubtedly dubious.

  4. Hallelujia!!

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