The sole wholesaler of BC’s recreational cannabis has announced that consumers will have a massive selection of products to choose from after forging a deal with licensed producers to supply the province in time for October 17.
The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB), along with 31 licensed producers, signed memorandums of understanding to make more than 150 strains available to licensed retailers, with the quality varying from “value” to “ultra-premium”.
The 31 licensed producers that have entered the agreement are:
Acreage Pharms Ltd.
Agrima Botanicals Corporation
Aurora Cannabis Enterprises Inc.
Beleave Kannabis Corp.
Broken Coast Cannabis Ltd.
Canna Farms Ltd.
Canopy Growth Corporation
Cronos Group Inc.
DOJA Cannabis Ltd.
Evergreen Medicinal Supply Inc.
Experion Biotechnologies Inc.
Natural Med Company
Starseed Medicinal Inc.
THC BioMed Inc.
The Flowr Corporation
The Supreme Cannabis Company/7 Acres
Tilray Canada Ltd.
United Greeneries Ltd.
UP Cannabis Inc.
WeGrow BC Ltd.
WeedMD RX Inc.
Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp.
LDB general manager and CEO Blain Lawson says, “We are thrilled to be reaching this significant milestone in developing a competitive wholesale assortment for non-medicinal cannabis. The volume, variety and quality of our product assortment speak to the LDB’s commitment to working towards eliminating the illicit market.”
First BC Cannabis Store Location
The LDB also announced that it would make a wide selection of cannabis paraphernalia available for sale in its BC Cannabis stores, and has applied to city council to open the first store at the Columbia Place Shopping Centre in Kamloops.
“We welcome the announcement that the LBD is applying to open the first government-operated BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops,” says Mayor Ken Christian. “Kamloops City Council supports the work of the provincial government as they map out the future retail cannabis landscape in BC.
“Their mixed model for cannabis sales, allowing both public and private retail, has many benefits to BC communities. The proposal, like all applications, will require the city’s approval before it will operate.”
All employees of the store will receive training, focusing on product knowledge, customer service and social responsibility practices related to safe use.
It’s hoped that the store will be operational in time for October 17’s legalization. Meanwhile, the LDB is considering a number of other locations for the rollout of more BC Cannabis Stores.