B.C. to have only 1 store selling cannabis on first day of legalization
Cannabis buds lay along a drying rack at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility in Fenwick, Ont., on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin)
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, September 16, 2018 3:15PM EDT
VANCOUVER - On the morning of Oct. 17, British Columbians shouldn't expect to wake up and see marijuana stores opening their doors.
At least that's the message from the province's minister of public safety and solicitor general, Mike Farnworth.
In a news release issued Sunday, Farnworth said the government's first and only BC Cannabis Store will open in Kamloops and more retail locations are "anticipated" in the following months, with over 100 paid applications in various stages of entry.
The government is also hoping to launch an online sales platform to ensure British Columbians can purchase non-medical cannabis regardless of where they live, he said.
He says the province's new Community Safety Unit will target illegal retail operations, and seize the product and records without a warrant. A fine will also be imposed based on the value of the product seized.
Farnworth says penalties will also be imposed on those who sell cannabis to children or minors.