City council has approved a 23rd cannabis retailer for Kamloops, which is set to open in the Dallas area.
But only seven shops have opened in the city since the federal government legalized recreational cannabis on Oct. 17, 2018, with the delay being final licensing approval by the provincial government.
The latest cannabis store to get the nod from city council will open at 104-5170 Dallas Dr. in the Dallas Town Centre building, which is also home to a Market Fresh Foods grocery store, a Subway restaurant and multiple residential units. The cannabis shop will require final approval from the provincial government before opening.
Council received three letters from people opposed to the application and one letter from a resident in favour of it.
In other marijuana news, Kamloops’ third government pot retailer has opened downtown at 450 Lansdowne St., while another cannabis retailer — Blossoming Buds Cannabis — has a new green and black sign up at its yet-to-be-opened location at 205 Tranquille Rd., a storefront in North Kamloops that formerly housed JJ’s Shoe Repair.
Of the seven cannabis retailers open in Kamloops, three are government stores and four are private outlets. According to the provincial government’s website, another three sites in the city are listed as “Coming Soon.”
Including the Dallas location, which is not yet included on the provincial government website, there are 11 cannabis shops either open or about to open in Kamloops.