Article by Emma Spears, Growth Op
A public consultation has been approved for Canada’s first Indigenous reserve-owned licensed cannabis shop to open a location in Merritt, B.C.
The owners of the proposed shop, the Williams Lake First Nation (WLFN) or T’exelcemc (people of WLFN) of the Secwepemc Nation, are already veterans of the cannabis business.
WLFN-owned Unity Cannabis in Williams Lake was the result of a historic first government-to-government agreement between a First Nation and the B.C. provincial government under section 119 of the B.C. Cannabis Control and Licensing Act, a provision created to “allow some flexibility” within provincial regulations to address the specific interests of an Indigenous government and community.
The business proposal for the new shop, which would be located in the Adelphi Hotel, was presented to Merritt City Council by Chief of Williams Lake First Nation Willie Sellars last month.