And the city of Kamloops is likely is powerless to do anything about it.
An unlicensed Kamloops cannabis dispensary that was raided and shut down by B.C.’s Community Safety Unit (CSU) has reopened on land owned by the Tk’emlúps Indian Band.
Boomers Bud was the subject of multiple busts and product seizures last year before closing up shop, and was reportedly the last unlicensed dispensary in Kamloops to close its doors post-legalization.
But the pot shop, now known as Boomers Buds, is back in business just five km away from its original location, although the city of Kamloops is likely powerless to do anything about it.
“It is my understanding that, being elected to the (Union of B.C. Municipalities) technical committee for the cannabis file, that I have spoken to the group and the province, and they are still working with the First Nation bands to determine how they can potentially convince those operators to come into compliance as well,” Dave Jones, Kamloops business license inspector, told Radio NL.
The new shop marks what is believed to be the fourth cannabis retail location on Tk’emlúps territory, with one store having been granted a provincial sales licence.
Jones said that the licensed store, Yellowhead Cannabis, had contacted him for advice about the licensing process prior to opening up shop.
“And I think it’s the mindset of individuals that they wanted to have a product, being close to the highway, that they wanted to operate in compliance with provincial regulations, have the availability to get product from the province,” he explained. “So I think they looked at it as, in the long-term, the product that they wanted to provide to their clients was a safe supply, known supply.”
The new location may be just the ticket for the oft-shut-down Boomers Buds. It is believed the CSU has yet to carry out a raid on Indigenous-owned lands in the province.
Written by Emma Spears