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Kamloops councillor considering cannabis career

A Kamloops city councillor is considering opening a cannabis store when pot becomes legal this fall. “I think it’s a good long-term investment,” Coun. Denis Walsh told KTW .
Denis Walsh
Denis Walsh in the former location of his MovieMart store, when it was in the 400-block of St. Paul Street. Walsh has since moved the store into a building at St. Paul Street and Fourth Avenue. The building has empty space that has been viewed by potential cannabis retailers, including Walsh.

A Kamloops city councillor is considering opening a cannabis store when pot becomes legal this fall.

“I think it’s a good long-term investment,” Coun. Denis Walsh told KTW.

Walsh recused himself from marijuana discussions in recent weeks, including Tuesday night’s public hearing that determined business license fees for the new industry.

Walsh said he has received multiple inquiries from budding entrepreneurs about leasing his commercial property downtown. He owns the building at the corner of Fourth Avenue and St. Paul Street downtown. One-half of the building houses Walsh’s MovieMart store and the other half is empty.

Walsh has yet to commit to leasing the space because he is considering applying for a licence to sell cannabis. He has not yet applied.

“There’s a pending offer if I don’t do it, basically,” Walsh said. “That’s why I thought I should step out [of city cannabis talks.] If I don’t do the application myself, there’s a possible tenant.”

Earlier this summer, Walsh told KTW he would seek re-election. Voters go to the polls in the civic election on Oct. 20.