Article by Megan Turcato, Global News
This week, Victoria unveiled its plans for marijuana distribution when recreational use of the drug becomes legal later this year.
The new rules raise new questions for local governments and have existing Okanagan pot shops concerned about where the province wants them to start sourcing their weed.
Vernon dispensary owner Russ Stevenson isn’t shy about speaking his mind on the province’s plans for legal recreational weed sales in B.C.
“It really looks like the government hasn’t been listening,” said Stevenson.
He doesn’t like the idea of stores having to buy all their cannabis from the province’s Liquor Distribution Branch.
“Every store will have the same products,” he said.
Victoria’s plans for recreational marijuana sales include both government-run and private stores. However, the government’s Liquor Distribution Branch will act as the sole wholesaler for private stores.
“That’s absurd,” said Dan Didio who operates a pot shop on Vernon’s main street.
“We are a specialty shop, kind of like a specialty beer or a specialty food item so I can’t really buy my product from the government.”
Stevenson believes the plan will hit small growers, currently supplying pot shops, hard.