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 www.bcldbcannabisupdates.com/opportunities/careers.
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.