The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce hosted a Business in Cannabis 2.0 luncheon on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Starbuds marketing director Dan Winer (second from left) discussed the things that are and are not working since the legalization of marijuana in October 17, 2018, and on July 10, he learned Starbuds has received the provincial go-ahead to open in Lake Country. (Caitlin Clow - Kelowna Capital News)

Pot shop in Lake Country to open this month

Starbuds to open in July after getting provincial go-ahead

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.

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“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.

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“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.


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