The dispensary, which is co-owned and operated by Subway sandwich shop owner Vikram Sachdeva, is the second of three planned cannabis retail stores, with a third set to open in the Bay Centre later this year. Songhees Nation opened its first dispensary, Songhees Cannabis S + S, in April this year. S+S, in this case, stands for ‘Skʷati Sῤaƛ̓ǝŋ’ which translate to ‘Crazy Smoke’ in Lekwungen, according to the Nation’s website. Chief Ron Sam said earlier this year that the decision to invest in cannabis was “not a decision that Songhees took lightly,” but one that received consistent community support.
“We have had strong participation from our community in the discussions leading up to this decision over the past several years,” Chief Sam said in a statement.
“What we consistently heard from our members is that the opportunity to influence and promote education and informed decision making as a primary component to harm reduction is important to them, as are the jobs and training opportunities in this specialized field,” he added.
The newest shop, located at 901 Gordon Street, will promote Indigenous tourism and feature art and designs by Lekwungen artist Jessica Joseph that “celebrate the Lekwungen relationship to the land.”
Sachdeva expressed his enthusiasm for the venture, his first into the world of weed retail.