Mayor of Kamloops says ‘History Has Been Made’ With Vote on B.C.’s Lone Pot Shop

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Councillors for the City of Kamloops took less than 10 seconds to unanimously approve British Columbia’s first and only marijuana dispensary.

The store to be run by the province in B.C.’s Interior is opening Wednesday as pot sales become legal across Canada.

Mayor Ken Christian announced the approval by saying “history has been made.”

Christian has said the vote was to be held last week during a regular council meeting but was postponed because of the Thanksgiving long weekend.

Development services director Marvin Kwiatkowski says there were no complaints about the operation and the B.C. government vowed to sign an agreement with the city to ensure safety around the shop.

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth has said more approved stores will follow in the coming months and the province has received 173 applications for cannabis retail outlets, with 62 of them submitted to local governments for further review. (CHNL, The Canadian Press)

The Canadian Press

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