Budtender at Salmon Arm Cannabis Lydia Janik believes she could do great things for the business if she were allowed to advertise. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

Budtender at Salmon Arm Cannabis Lydia Janik believes she could do great things for the business if she were allowed to advertise. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

Advertising restrictions frustrate Salmon Arm cannabis retailers

Retail prices off-putting to some, but businesses finding supportive clientele

Salmon Arm cannabis retailers say they are doing well after legalization, though pricing and advertising restrictions have posed some challenges.

While the city currently has more cannabis retailers than any other in the Interior, local retailers have developed a sense of camaraderie. They report the community has been supportive and each business has started to build their own clientele base.

Read more: Salmon Arm has most provincially approved pot shops in Interior

Read more: Business booms on opening day at Green Canoe Cannabis

Operators of the Greenery Cannabis Boutique, located just off the Trans-Canada Highway, say their first five months of business were good and that they’ve just opened another location in Penticton.

“We’re doing very well, we’ve been received very well by the public, we’ve been received very well by all the customers,” said boutique manager Jillian Bileske.

Despite a slow start in the first few months, Bileske says she is honing in on what prices customers are willing to consider.

“At first we brought in a lot of stuff that was more premium, but we’re trying now to scale back and get stuff that’s a little bit more consumer friendly,” she said.

View this post on Instagram

Need a hand getting off the couch? Get outside this weekend with our "Budtender's Choice" of the week, Cove Rise Pre Rolls! These packs of three are the perfect boost to any adventure!⁠ ⁠ Cove Rise⁠ Sativa Pre Rolls⁠ 3 x 0.5g⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ —————————————————–⁠ #greenerycannabisboutique #salmonarmcannabis #pentictoncannabis #cannabis #cannabiscommunity #420 #bud #instaweed #pot #smoke #weedstagram #maryjane #hightimes #mmj #legalweed #smokewithus #cannabisretail #marijuana #cannabisculture #kush #smokeweedeveryday #highlife #cannabiscommunity #THC #GetOutside⁠ #Offthecouch #cove #Thursday #Rise #high⁠ ⁠

A post shared by Greenery Cannabis Boutique (@greenerycannabisboutique) on

Downtown Cannabis, located near the downtown Salmon Arm Askew’s location, says people don’t mind their prices – the exception being older men.

“All these guys that used to grow back in the day, they don’t want to pay the retail prices,” said Dale Wertz, a budtender at Downtown Cannabis.

The theme of togetherness within the local cannabis retailers is strong with the downtown location as well.

“We’re really just about supporting each other with the product. We’re all just basically happy to be here,” Wertz said.

Although a decline in sales has not been noticed with the winter months, there are concerns over advertising.

“Being unable to advertise or even promote our business is really hindering everything,” said Wertz, adding he is looking forward to edibles and concentrates coming out closer to Christmas as he has received a lot of requests from customers.

Salmon Arm Cannabis (SAC), near the corner of Shuswap Street and Hudson Avenue NW, opened the second week of September and has established a routine clientele. That process has been a slow one though due to the restrictions reports SAC employees.

“Here we are, small business people in retail, and the government is only focusing on stores we compete with because they control the supply the demand,” said SAC employee Lydia Janik.

Advertising restrictions laid out in the Cannabis Act prohibit the promotion of cannabis or cannabis accessories or any service related to cannabis by communicating information about its price or distribution.

Read more: Salmon Arm pot shops close as cannabis becomes legal in Canada

Read more: Fourth pot shop proposed for downtown Salmon Arm

Ownership of SAC could be changing hands within the next year as well. SAC owner Sunny Dhaliwal says the deal is “still pretty preliminary.”

“We just tried it, we thought it would be something kind of new and different but, to be honest our strength is furniture,” said Dhaliwal who owns 23 furniture stores, including Salmon Arm’s City Furniture, and wishes to expand to more locations.


@CameronJHT
Cameron.thomson@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Mamas for Mamas worked with local roaster Tug 6 to create three special blends. (Mamas for Mamas/Contributed)
Kelowna coffee roaster partners with non-profit for specialty blends

Mamas for Mamas has three specialty blends sold from Tug 6

A TacoTime employee hands a customer their order. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Adiós, Taco Tuesday: Kelowna residents flock to TacoTime on restaurant’s final day

‘We don’t need another Starbucks. We need tacos on Tuesday, with extra hot sauce’

RCMP are searching for Philip Toner, who is a 'person of interest' in the investigation of a suspicious death in Kootenay National Park last week. Photo courtesy BC RCMP.
Man sought in suspicious Kootenay death found in Lake Country

Philip Toner is a person of interest in the death of Brenda Ware

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
65 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

Overall, B.C. is seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases

Rutland Senior Secondary School. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Two Rutland schools exposed to COVID-19

Interior Health confirmed exposures at Rutland Senior Secondary and Pearson Road Elementary

Sisters Audrey Cunningham and Donna Erdman, join the Vernon Kalamalka Chorus singing in their cars, tuned into the radio, under the direction of Debbie Parmenter. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
VIDEO: Okanagan choir steers around COVID with ‘carbershop’ twist

Singers find a unique way to practice during pandemic restrictions

Keith MacIntyre - BC Libertarian
Penticton’s Keith MacIntyre new leader of the B.C. Libertarian Party

The Penticton businessman was voted in by members of the party on May 8

A Falkland man will present a 600+ signature petition to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District board Thursday, May 20, opposing dog control in Electoral Area D, which includes Falkland, Silver Creek, Salmon Valley and Ranchero/Deep Creek. (File photo)
600-plus sign Falkland man’s petition against dog control

Similar bylaw rejected by 200 public hearing attendees when topic came up 9 years ago

Thompson Rivers University campus is in Kamloops, B.C. (KTW file photo)
Thompson Rivers the 1st B.C. university to supply free menstrual products

The university will offer the products this September

Fraser Health is using ‘targeted’ vaccination clinics in high-risk areas of the Lower Mainland. (Fraser Health photo)
B.C.’s COVID-19 decrease continues, 515 new cases Tuesday

426 seriously ill people in hospital, up from 415 Monday

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP reported to 287 mental health calls between Jan. 1, 2021, and May 1. (Black Press files)
‘It’s not the police’s responsibility to deal with mental health calls’: Vernon RCMP

RCMP remind public to take care of mental health and well-being, while better solutions are sought

RCMP. (Black Press File)
Major Crimes called in after two bodies discovered near Penticton

A manhunt involving a police helicopter took place on May 10

The site of Sunfest, Laketown Ranch, will be open for camping this summer. (Citizen file)
Sunfest country music bash won’t be shining on B.C. in 2021

Annual Vancouver Island Festival cancelled due to COVID-19, along with Laketown Shakedown

Most Read