The owner of a cannabis dispensary near Pilot Butte has been given the green light by RM of Edenwold council to move his business into Emerald Park.
“Cannabis was at one time taboo, but it’s really becoming mainstream,” Allen Kilback told RM council at a public hearing Oct. 27. “Our customer base will only grow from here so this really helps our business. The one thing that really shocked me, was we have had 40,153 people come through our doors without incident. We will continue to operate under Health Canada guidelines and SLGA. We are glad to be a part of this community.”
Kilback’s current retail location is situated just north of Highway 46, in New Horizon Park west of Pilot Butte, and was one of the first operating cannabis dispensaries in western Canada. The operation is only a cannabis dispensary and obtains its product from approved suppliers, Kilback said, adding no cannabis is grown on site.
“When we originally started, people weren’t sure about it,” Kilback said. “Now that it’s become accepted — I’d call it an essential service — I’m not surprised there was no opposition.”
Kilback was the only person to speak at the public hearing to council on Oct. 27. There were no written submissions in opposition or in support of the proposed move. That gave RM of Edenwold reeve Mitchell Huber a chance to ask Kilback about his business operations and how it has evolved.
“The biggest change is when we started all we had was flower, and now we have drinks, edibles, chocolates, gummies, cremes, lotions, the products have really changed,” Kilback replied. “Health Canada still has some rules that don’t make sense but it’s easier to operate now for sure.”
Kilback added regulations on the type of signage he can use have also changed, to the point where he could now have a highway sign to advertise his business.
By moving to Emerald Park, Kilback said he expects his business could double or even triple in size, as it would be easily accessible to 5,000 people as opposed to neighbouring lower-traffic industrial operations as things are now.
“We wanted to move to a more high-traffic area that’s more suited to retail,” Kilback said. “We are currently in an industrial area and this allows us better access to more traffic and more of the community retail businesses around.”