New cannabis-infusing facility looking for approval in Kamloops

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A Kamloops business is seeking temporary approval from city council to produce cannabis-infused products.

The facility will be used to make cannabis-infused products like topicals and edibles and will operate at a Southgate property owned by Cascadia Natural Resource Consultants.

Council will consider a three-year temporary permit due to the potential for complaints due to cannabis odours, however, it was supported by the majority of nearby businesses.

The City will also require the facility to include a ventilation system to prevent smells from leaving the building.

"Our first goal is to provide processing services to local cultivators," owner Dave Christie told in an emailed statement. "A processing license allows for various different post-cultivation activities, including the packaging of dried cannabis - growers cannot package their own product under a cultivation license."

While they will first be packaging cannabis for cultivators and growers, Christie said their long-term plan includes a move toward cannabis oil extraction to use for cannabis-infused products.

At the Sept. 21 council meeting, there was little discussion regarding the application, except for councillor Bill Sarai who wondered about the reason for a three-year temporary permit. Staff explained that three years is standard for temporary permits of this nature. 

Councillors approved the application to distribute notices of intent to the neighbouring businesses, which precedes an approval of the permit itself by council, which is expected at a future council meeting, Oct. 5, 2021.

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The processing facility, located at 1383 McGill Rd., is required to be sealed off and separate from the rest of the warehouse space, due to Health Canada requirements.

There will be no growing or harvesting at the facility. Retail sales are also not allowed. Cannabis-infused products will be prepared and packaged at the warehouse and sold elsewhere.

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— This story was updated at 4:56 p.m., Sept. 22, 2021, to include comments from Dave Christie.

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