Kamloops will be the site for the first government-operated BC Cannabis Store.
The Liquor Distribution Branch has secured a location in the Columbia Place Shopping Centre, and still needs approval from the City.
The store will be staffed by about 20 employees, including managers nd knowledgeable cannabis consultants.
Mayor Ken Christian says they welcome the announcement.
“Kamloops City Council supports the work of the provincial government as they map out the future retail cannabis landscape in B.C. Their mixed model for cannabis sales, allowing both public and private retail, has many benefits to B.C. communities. The proposal, like all applications, will require the city’s approval before it will operate.”
The branch is considering a number of locations in various municipalities for the rollout of the stores which will feature more than 150 varieties of pot, ranging in quality, from value to ultra-premium product, at competitive prices.
The stores will also sell cannabis accessories.
The Liquor Distribution Branch has signed memorandums of understanding with 31 licensed producers of non-medical cannabis.
The initial assortment includes product from 12 BC-based licensed producers.
“We are thrilled to be reaching this significant milestone in developing a competitive wholesale assortment for non-medical cannabis,” said Blain Lawson, LDB’s general manager and CEO. “The volume, variety and quality of our product assortment speak to the LDB’s commitment to working towards eliminating the illicit market.”