The ping-pong process that is a commercial cannabis application in B.C. is finally bouncing a retail shop into Osoyoos.

Town of Osoyoos Council this afternoon gave final approval to an application for a Main Street shop that will allow for the sale of recreational cannabis in the community.

“It has been long and crazy,” said Jana Howardson of a process that started in October 2018. “It’s been stressful (but) everyone I’ve dealt with has been really great.”

“It’s all new — and everyone has had real good input and everyone has been nice and positive to deal with. The Town of Osoyoos has been great to deal with. They’re very forward-moving for a small town.”

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She expects to begin stocking her Maple Leaf Greenery location at 8322 Main Street and opening to the public within the next two months.

“When the Town hears back and gets the go, then I can start to build after that.”

Council heard Town staff received confirmation in late August from the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch that Ms. Howardson was deemed “suitable for a cannabis retail licence.”

Her background is in retail, with a lengthy career in garden marketing.

“The last 15 years, I’ve worked for a garden supply company. So I’ve been in a really unique position. I’ve seen cannabis go from a black market to a grey market to medical and now this.”

She already has approval for another shop in New Westminster.

The shop is one of three proposed for Osoyoos. Two others — one located at 8304 72nd Ave downtown and a second in the Gateway Plaza — are still awaiting provincial OKs.

The community is also home to a pair of cannabis grow operations, both in the Town’s industrial park.


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