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Five months after cannabis was legalized in Canada, the BC government has licensed the first legal recreational dispensary in Victoria.

According to the Original Farm retailer, the province has approved of its applications to re-open their two locations on 3055 Scott Street and 1402 Douglas Street, and their doors could re-open as soon as April 2019.

The dispensary opened its doors in 2015 and was the first to receive a business license from the City of Victoria in April 2017.

Since cannabis was legalized in Canada, however, the Original Farm has been closed alongside many other private retailers in the city.

“We pride ourselves on our safety standards and respect for usage laws – our cannabis products are not intended for nor marketed to children, and our values are backed up by the city’s decision to license us right where we stand,” said the retailer back in 2017.

The two locations could open as early as next month, says the Original Farm.

Here are the two timelines for the approximate opening dates of the retailer:

1402 Douglas Street re-opening

  • Aug 2018 – Provincial application submitted
  • Oct 17, 2018 – Closed in preparation for legalization
  • Feb 2019 – Provincial approval
  • Mar 2019 – Municipal approval
  • Apr 2019 – Final inspection from the Liquor Cannabis Regulation Branch   (LCRB)
  • Apr 2019 – Receive Provincial license
  • Apr 2019 – Place 1st order with the LCRB
  • Apr 2019 – The Original Farm downtown re-opens
3055 Scott Street re-opening
  • Oct 17, 2018 – Closed in preparation for legalization
  • Feb 2019 – Provincial approval
  • Mar 2019 – Municipality sends back to public hearing
  • Apr 2019 – Public hearing
  • If approved at the public hearing:
  • May 2019 – Final inspection from the LCRB
  • May 2019 – Receive Provincial license
  • May 2019 – Place 1st order with the LCRB
  • May 2019 – The Original Farm hillside Re-opens