First recreational cannabis store in Okanagan has quiet opening near Lake Country

Indigenous Bloom has opened on Okanagan Indian Band land

The Okanagan’s first recreational cannabis store had a quiet opening late last week.

Indigenous Bloom, located on Commonwealth Road on Okanagan Indian Band land, sells cannabis strains of sativa, indica, and a blend of the two along with vaporizers, rolling papers and more.

The OKIB has not returned requests for comment and the store’s operator has yet to return a request for comment.

In other jurisdictions, including Enderby, Summerland and Lake Country, municipalities have granted approval to the shops, and they’re now waiting on the province.

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

The Westbank First Nation isn’t allowing cannabis stores on its land as part of its community mandate.

B.C.’s first privately owned cannabis business opened in Kimberly in November. Another Indigenous Bloom didn’t close prior to federal legalization and has been operating on Westside Road.

According to the province, all cannabis facilities, regardless if they’re operating on OKIB land, require provincial approval.

More to come.

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