Bruce and Chase Walthers are open for business on Old Hedley Road. Photo Andrea DeMeer

Bruce and Chase Walthers are open for business on Old Hedley Road. Photo Andrea DeMeer

Pot shop opens near Princeton on band land

A medical and recreational cannabis shop opened earlier this month near Princeton.

Old Hedley Cannabis is operated on Old Hedley Road, 18 km from town, by Bruce Walthers and his son Chase.

As the shop is on Upper Similkameen Indian Band land, it is not subject to provincial or municipal licensing requirements, said Walthers.

“We are operating under the requirements of our governing the body, the Indian band,” he said.

Efforts to reach band administrators for a comment were unsuccessful.

According to Walthers all the products sold at the shop are lab tested and high quality.

They are sourced primarily from the Okanagan, he added.

Related: Quantum 1 cannabis retailer scheduled to open Nov. 1

A former car dealership owner, Walthers said he never expected to run a pot shop, but he became interested in helping people with medical cannabis-based products.

Old Hedley Cannabis is open Tuesday through Saturday.

When asked about the legality surrounding cannabis sales on band land RCMP Sergeant Robert Hughes issued the following statement.

“Enforcement of the Cannabis Act is generally prioritized based on concerns as it relates to public safety, complaints, and consultations with local government, the provincial enforcement agency and other community partners.

“We continue to assess each file on a case-by-case basis mindful of the ongoing discussions that continue with Indigenous communities around enforcement of the Cannabis Act on Indigenous lands.

I am not in a position to elaborate on the details of the ‘ongoing discussion’ at this time.”

Related: Cannabis products removed from Princeton store shelves after visits from RCMP

To report a typo, email:
publisher@similkameenspotlight.com
.



andrea.demeer@similkameenspotlight.com

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

Classroom chairs (Pixabay photo)
Kelowna elementary school flagged for COVID-19 exposure

Interior Health confirmed an exposure at Black Mountain Elementary School

Police outside a home on Leathead Road on Monday evening. (Jen Zielinski - Black Press Media)
Police presence at home near Ben Lee Park in Rutland

Several RCMP cruisers are on scene; Leathead closed between Franklyn and Hollywood

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
253 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths in Interior Health over the weekend

More than 1,000 cases in the region remain active

Sunnybank
COVID-19 related deaths at Oliver, West Kelowna and Vernon senior care homes

Sunnybank, Heritage Retirement Residence and Noric House recorded deaths over the weekend

Man arrested at home on Byrne Avenue. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Reports of Kelowna house fire with entrapment unfounded, man arrested

The report prompted a large response by emergency crews

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C. adjusts COVID-19 vaccine rollout for delivery slowdown

Daily cases decline over weekend, 31 more deaths

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
No Pfizer vaccines arriving in Canada next week; feds still expect 4M doses by end of March

More cases of U.K. variant, South African variant found in Canada

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP intercepted an impaired driver Sunday afternoon, Jan. 17, 2021. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Impaired driver pulled off Vernon road thanks to public tip

RCMP Drug Recognition Expert called in for assistance in investigation of Coldstream man

Health-care workers wait in line at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canadians who have had COVID-19 should still get the vaccine, experts say

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines were found to have a 95 per cent efficacy

An empty Peel and Sainte-Catherine street is shown in Montreal, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Poll finds strong support for COVID-19 curfews despite doubts about effectiveness

The poll suggests 59 per cent remain somewhat or very afraid of contracting COVID-19

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

Interior Health confirms vaccination of priority populations has begun in Salmon Arm. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19 vaccinations underway in Salmon Arm

Interior Health confirms vaccination of priority populations has begun

Most Read