No Okanagan pot stores yet

While the province has yet to approve any cannabis retail stores in the Okanagan, several have recently been approved across the rest of the province.

The province has just approved a new private cannabis retail store in Invermere, following approvals last month of stores in Castlegar, Port Hardy and Tumbler Ridge.

Prior to these recent approvals, two had been approved in Kimberley, three in Vancouver, one in Pouce Coupe and one in Trail, in addition to the government-run BC Cannabis Store that opened in Kamloops on Oct. 17.

The province has been approving prospective cannabis retailers on a first-come-first-serve basis.

In the Okanagan, Lake Country's Starbuds is awaiting provincial licensing after Lake Country council gave its approval in December. Just over three weeks ago, Starbuds president Dave Martyn said he hoped the approval would be coming within days, rather than weeks or months.

Green Gaia Cannabis Co. in Summerland is in a similar situation.

In Kelowna, 15 prospective cannabis retailers cleared the first hurdle through city council this week. These applications are expected to go before council early next month. The city has sent those applications to the province for licensing.

Currently, there are 424 complete applications before the province, along with another 112 incomplete applications.

While there are no provincially approved stores in the Okanagan at this time, Lake Country's Indigenous Bloom, which doesn't have approval from the province, is currently operating on Okanagan Indian Band land. 

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