Canada is now the largest country in the world with a legal national marijuana marketplace.
The drug became legal as of midnight.
Despite this, only one approved cannabis retail store will be opening in British Columbia today.
Local dispensary owner Tamara Duggan says she’s still jumping through hoops with the Province for licensing and will likely have to change distributors before that happens.
“There is the need to buy all our products from the licensed producers through the government website,” Duggan says. “So that’s definitely going to be a big change in terms of what offerings we have to provide for people.”
Duggan says Tamarack Dispensaries is also doing a full re-brand, after the City of Kimberley supported their application to the Province for a cannabis business license.
“My store needs to drop a couple of contentious words like ‘medical’ and ‘dispensary,'” Duggan says. “Moving forward, we will become known as Tamarack Cannabis Boutique. That’s the biggest change.”
173 applications for retail pot stores have been received by BC’s Public Safety ministry at this time.
Minister Mike Farnworth confirmed 62 have been reviewed so far.
He said nearly 200 more stores are in the works, province-wide.
– Tamara Duggan – Owner, Tamarack Cannabis Boutique