A company vying to be Revelstoke’s first legal cannabis retailer hopes to open its doors in early August now that it has received conditional approval from the provincial government.
The company, Summit Cannabis Co., received a positive referral from city council for its provincial cannabis retail licence in December.
Since then, co-owner Chad Hollett said the company has been working with the B.C. Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch to get to the conditional approval stage and received it on July 4, Hollett said. That prompted him to call the Mountaineer to share the news.
The company ownership has changed since its application was before council in December when the applicant was named as Starbuds Canada.
Hollett said the company was operating as a franchisee to Starbuds, but has since split and is now operating as a new company, Summit Cannabis Co.
“We have left that and gone on our own,” Hollett said. Hollett said there are six partners in the company. A spokesperson for Starbuds confirmed that company is no longer involved in the proposed Revelstoke location.
Hollett said he’d been involved in medical cannabis clinics in Banff, Canmore and Fernie. He said Summit Cannabis Co. is also looking to open a location in Fernie.
The company will be located at 109 Connaught Avenue in downtown Revelstoke. “We love our location. It’s perfect. It’s downtown. It’s out of the way but still convenient for everyone to get to,” Hollett said.
The shop will offer cannabis flower and oil products, and will expand into edibles once federal legislation allows for edible sales, likely in effect in early 2020.
“We’re just excited to serve the town of Revelstoke,” Hollett said.
Hollett said he was aware a competitor was seeking a variance for a First Street West cannabis location within the 100-metre exclusion zone between retail locations. Hollett said his company was supportive of the exclusion zone, and he added that Summit Cannabis Co. had invested hundreds of thousands into the retail location while knowing about the exclusion bylaw.
Hollett said the company plans to hire a private building inspector and hopes to complete both city and provincial inspections of the new location by the end of July, allowing for opening in early August.
According to the B.C. Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, a total of 10 licence applications have reached the approval-with-conditions stage in the B.C. Interior and the North. A total of 21 licences have been issued in that area.