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City of Kamloops now accepting referrals for private pot shop applications

FILE PHOTO - This Feb. 13, 2013 file photo shows a marijuana bud at the grand opening of the Seattle location of the Northwest Cannabis Market, for sales of medical marijuana products.
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September 19, 2018 - 4:11 PM

KAMLOOPS - The legalization of cannabis is less than a month away, and the City of Kamloops is now accepting referrals for private cannabis business license applications. 

In a news release sent out today, Sept. 19, the city's planning and development manager Rod Martin says the B.C. Provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch will be responsible for licensing private, non-medical pot shops within the city.

"Any application for a private cannabis retail business in Kamloops must be reviewed by this provincial authority before it is referred to the City," Martin says in the release.

The legalization of marijuana in Canada will take place on Oct. 17. The city has set the annual cannabis business license fee at $5,000 and the application fee at $1,600. An application guide for private cannabis retail shops can be found on the city's website.

Private cannabis business owners are expected to be familiar with the federal, provincial, and municipal regulations and applicants will be required to go through the city's official permitting process, the city says.

For information on provincial applications go here.

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