July 11, 2018 5:45 pm

When B.C. government pot shops open, they’ll carry more than 150 kinds of weed

FILE - This Feb. 13, 2013 shows different strains of marijuana are displayed during the grand opening of the Seattle location of the Northwest Cannabis Market.


A wide variety of alcohol can be found at B.C. liquor stores, from cheap swill to expensive spirits.

This fall, when BC Cannabis Stores open, pot consumers will also have a massive selection to choose from.

On Wednesday, the BC Liquor Distribution Branch said only quality cannabis will be sold at its cannabis stores, thanks to a series of agreements with 31 licensed producers.

The LDB said the “initial product assortment will feature more than 150 strains, ranging in quality, from value to ultra-premium product, at competitive prices.”

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“We are thrilled to be reaching this significant milestone in developing a competitive wholesale assortment for non-medical cannabis,” said LDB general manager and CEO Blain Lawson.

“The volume, variety and quality of our product assortment speak to the LDB’s commitment to working towards eliminating the illicit market.”

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The LDB also announced Wednesday that it will have an array of cannabis accessories for retail sale at its cannabis stores, and that the first cannabis store opening will take place at the Columbia Place Shopping Centre in Kamloops.

According to the LDB, the store will have approximately 20 employees.

The federal government will legalize marijuana on Oct. 17.

“We welcome this announcement that the LDB is applying to open the first government-operated BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops,” Mayor Ken Christian said.

“Kamloops City Council supports the work of the provincial government as they map out the future retail cannabis landscape in B.C.

“Their mixed model for cannabis sales, allowing both public and private retail, has many benefits to B.C. communities. The proposal, like all applications, will require the city’s approval before it will operate.”

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