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Vancouver Island’s first government-run BC Cannabis Store (BCCS) opened its doors in Campbell River Wednesday morning.

The store is located at the Discovery Harbour Shopping Centre at 1416 Island Highway, and is amongst the first of 15 locations that BC’s Liquor Distribution Branch plans to open by the end of 2019.

“We are very excited to be opening two more BC Cannabis Stores today,” said Kevin Satterfield, Director of Retail Operations, Cannabis Operations, in a statement.

“We are committed to being good neighbours and integrating into the communities of Cranbrook and Campbell River.”

See also: Province shuts down unlicensed cannabis dispensary near Mayfair

The Campbell River store will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Mondays to Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.

The location will offer a range of products, like dried cannabis flower, pre-rolled joints, capsules, and oils, all approved by Health Canada.

According to the Liquor Distribution Branch, the BC Cannabis Store will be run by 16 employees, with a special focus on staff checking the ID of anyone who appears to be under 30 years of age while ensuring that customers are above the age of 19 when they enter the store.

While no exact dates have been announced yet, the province plans to open more government-run cannabis stores on the island with locations in Port Alberni, Courtenay, and Parksville.

Check out photos Vancouver Island’s first government-run cannabis store below:

(Image / BC Liquor Distribution Branch)
(Image / BC Liquor Distribution Branch)
(Image / BC Liquor Distribution Branch)
(Image / BC Liquor Distribution Branch)
(Image / BC Liquor Distribution Branch)

BC Cannabis Store 

  • Where: Discovery Harbour Shopping Centre, 1416 Island Highway
  • Hours:
    • Mondays to Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Fridays and Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • Sundays: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.