Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian not surprised by the B.C Government’s application to add another two pot stores in the city, while he’s also welcoming proposed new bus service to replace the departing Greyhound.
Senior staff at City Hall say the extra applications are in line with bylaws.
Christian says it remains to be seen how council deals with the issue.
The mayor is asked about the moniker, “Kamloops, the Cannabis Capital of B.C.”
“You know people have said that but I think this is a bit of a novelty and after the 17th of October and beyond I think you will see the cannabis retail landscape open up all over B.C.”
The City is working with the B.C Government this week to ensure there are no problems with the opening of the first cannabis retail store.
Business License Inspector David Jones says in his words the Tournament Capital is very ready.
“We are going through a process right now with the province to bring a report to council on the 16th of October to get that council resolution. We expect council to vote in favor of that. That would mean on October 17th the province is ready. it will be opening its first cannabis store in British Columbia in Kamloops.”
Jones says city officials are working hard to get all the information required by people who want to set up legal dispensaries before the drop dead date next month.
On another topic Christian says he’s pleased an application has been made to replace bus service after Greyhound leaves.
“You know we are still going to have trouble getting connections to rural locations things like Falkland and Salmon Arm. People coming for medical appointments. So short hauls. But I think we will have to look at local providers with smaller buses for that.”
Greyhound stops its service at the end of next month.