EDITORIAL – A couple of modest requests on Weed Wednesday

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

THIS IS THE BIG DAY. Weed Wednesday. Reefer madness begins. Off to the pot store for a little wacky tabacky. Bit of the ol’ jazz cabbage.

It’s all legal today, recreationally speaking. And Kamloops is the only city in all of B.C. with a government-operated cannabis store. As columnist Jack Knox labelled Kamloops — we’re the Amsterdam of Canada.

He’s kidding, of course. Alberta has 17 government pot stores, Quebec has 20, all open and in business today. Saskatchewan will have about 17 of its 51 stores open. Manitoba wants a pot store within a 30-minute drive or less of every Manitoban.

According to Kamloops City Hall, the reason we have the first and only one in the province is that the city is so well prepared. Kamloops is open for business, says the mayor, though it came down to the wire, with council approving the licence without debate on Tuesday.

It’s an exciting day for many — aging hippies who’ve been doing it clandestinely since the 60s, all the way up to the younger generation, as long as they’re at least 19 of course.


Mel Rothenburger’s Armchair Mayor editorials appear Mondays through Thursdays on CFJC- TV. His Armchair Mayor column is published Saturdays on and CFJC Today. Contact him at

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