British Columbians are split on how recreational marijuana should be sold once it’s legal, but stand-alone shops like the dispensaries that line Vancouver’s streets are the most popular option, according to a new poll.
The latest survey from Insights West suggests 38 per cent of people in this province would prefer to see pot-specific stores, beating out weed sales in pharmacies (23 per cent) or liquor stores (24 per cent).
That’s welcome news to Sunny Bhayana, co-director of The Herb Co. on Main Street, one of the few licensed shops in Vancouver. He believes the dispensary system could have a potent effect on the country’s economy.
“If you think about it, there’s never been this type of new economy come out in I don’t know how long,” he said. “If you did it in dispensaries, it would mean hundreds of jobs, hundreds of shops opening up all over.”
But Bhayana doesn’t have much faith that his little store will have a role in the new legal system, fearing that big corporations will win the lobbying war.