Article by Mike O, Cannabis Life Network
Looks like the lone legal cannabis store in BC (in Kamloops, of all places!) will soon be getting some company, as BC Attorney General David Eby told CBC:
“There’s no question that over the next period of weeks and months, they’re going to see more and more stores coming online, both public and private.”
But, like he said, that’s still weeks or months away. For those of you who want your legal cannabis now, your only options are to drive to Kamloops or order online.
The BC government’s official cannabis website is here, but once you get over the novelty of the government selling you cannabis, you’ll realize you’ll still have to wait for it to be delivered in the mail (which will arrive within two days), which means that most British Columbians on Legalization Day were probably smoking the green from their usual source- so much for fighting that black market, eh?
Legalization will have no impact on the black market until legal cannabis is easier to access than the black market, and with all of legal cannabis’ geographic and timing issues, that won’t be happening for weeks and months (at least). And that’s only talking about the convenience aspect- we haven’t even touched on quality!
So while it’s good from a customer point-of-view to hear that the government plans on opening more legal cannabis stores across the province, it was still a massive fail that BC only had one open by legalization day.
Many of the unlicensed cannabis retailers blame the BC government’s slow application and community consultation process for why they aren’t operating legally yet.