British Columbia has announced the companies that will supply recreational marijuana after legalization this fall, boasting its stash will feature an "exclusive and competitive" assortment of products. But small craft growers say they were shut out of the bidding process and therefore B.C. residents will only be able to purchase weed grown by large licensed producers of medical cannabis starting on Oct. 17. "I have been screaming at the provincial government for a year to do something about these regulations, and we are now about to drive off the cliff and there's still no bridge," said Ian Dawkins, president of the Cannabis Commerce Association of Canada, which represents small producers.
The B.C. government plans to open its first cannabis store in the province in Kamloops’ Columbia Place Shopping Centre. The government’s British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB), which will run the cannabis stores, plans to apply for municipal approval of the BC Cannabis Store site when the City of Kamloops begins accepting applications for non-medical cannabis retail outlets in September, the government said in a July 10 press release.
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