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.
— Daniel Winer (@dwiner) July 11, 2019
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.
“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.”
Your weekly reminder that it's been 259 days, and #Kelowna and #LakeCountry still don't have a store, despite being the 3rd largest city and 35+ others being approved. @StephenFuhr making that #Liberal seat count.
— Daniel Winer (@dwiner) July 9, 2019
“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.
“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.