Starbuds has received the final seal of approval from the province on July 10 and are readying to open its doors in Lake Country. (Black Press Media files)

Pot shop in Lake Country gets provincial go-ahead

Starbuds to open in July

Lake Country’s first pot shop has been given the provincial seal of approval and now it is getting ready to open its doors to the public.

The District of Lake Country first approved Starbuds in December 2018 and after a long wait, it could open its doors in as early as a few weeks.

The company’s director of marketing Daniel Winer said he learned the province approved the business licence on Wednesday.

READ MORE: Lake Country looking to be home of first legal pot shop in Okanagan

“We’re pretty beside ourselves,” he said. “This is a happy Wednesday for Kelowna-area.”

Only the day before, Winer tweeted that it has been 259 days and Kelowna and Lake Country “still don’t have a store.”

“Having the access is such a hugely important thing,” he said.

Starbuds has a few to-dos before they can open its doors to the public, including staff training, product ordering and receiving a final inspection.

READ MORE: Pot industry requires ‘a lot of work’: Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer

READ MORE: West Kelowna pot shops shipped off for provincial licences

“It’s absolutely incredible,” Winer said. “It’s one thing to open cannabis stores, but to open one in the Okanagan is super exciting for us.”

A grand-opening event will be planned to celebrate the newest retail cannabis store.

Spiritleaf, the first licensed pot shop in the Okanagan, opened its doors in Vernon on Canada Day.


@caitleerach
Caitlin.clow@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

CSRD to support cannabis growth in agricultural zones

Regional district revision brings policy in line with Agricultural Land Commission

South Shuswap residents kick waste collection concept to the curb

Area C residents prefer existing depot system, suggest more enforcement

Plaques provide historical view of Salmon Arm landmarks

City heritage plaques added to Fletcher Park, Mount Ida Cemetery and Fairgrounds

In photos: Parade kicks off Girls Only Soccer Camp World Cup fun tournament

Players split into 11 countries for music and dance-filled parade, followed by tourney

Province attempting to ease concerns over caribou management

CSRD receives letter promising more consultation while chambers of commerce meet with minister

July showers wash out half of the Okanagan’s cherry crop

Cherry growers say this is the worst season they’ve seen in decades

Donkeys await your hugs and scritches at anniversary event

Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge invites public to help celebrate 20 years of care.

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

How much do you know about the moon?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, see how well you know space

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Survivorship Dragon Boat Team wins in Vernon

Team takes top spot in A division at festival

Okanagan woman to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for homeless youth

Victoria Schermel’s climb will raise funds for youth homelessness initiative, The Upstream Project.

Kelowna car thief’s sentencing delayed

Stanley Nickason pled guilty car theft charges in B.C. Supreme Court

Most Read