The small British Colombian town of Kelowna has been in the news lately for what would appear to be an anti-marijuana stance. Recently, the nine dispensaries operating in the town have been issued warnings that despite their being in possession of valid business licenses, they are operating illegally. Although the town would appear to be anti-marijuana, they nonetheless issued a massive growing license to Toronto-based cultivator, Valens GroWorks.
The license allows Valens to cultivate marijuana in a 17,000 square foot facility that sits on just over 2 acres of land. The grow will be one of the largest operations of its kind in the area. Recent zoning law changes will seemingly impact the already existing dispensaries but will have no effect on the Valens grow operation.
The dispensaries in Kelowna are not happy about the recent changes. According to the town of Kelowna, their alterations to the cannabis zoning laws were a result of the expiration of Health Canada’s Medical Marihuana Access Regulations (MMAR), which ended on March 31. According to the town website regarding the changes, “A new business license bylaw will help ensure that medical marijuana production facilities are operated with as little neighborhood impact as possible.”
They then went on to state, “New medical marijuana production facilities are now permitted on most industrial zoned land and business-industrial zoned land. For agricultural land, amendments to the zoning bylaw are being proposed which, if the proposed amendments are approved by Council and the Minister of Agriculture, would allow for medical marijuana production facilities on agricultural land on a case-by-case basis.” Fundamentally what the town said was that all businesses that operated under the protections of the MMAR, now have to reapply and move their businesses to stay in compliance.
The shift would appear to be a way to clear the slate for bigger players moving into the area, like Valens. The move is a big one for the small medical marijuana research company who is looking to step up their game as the industry continues to grow. Their efforts will be focused mainly on cannabis and cannabis extracts and how they can be used to further understand the medical applications that cannabis has to offer. Valens also operates a cannabis testing facility called Supra THC Services, and an agricultural technology firm called Valens Agritech Ltd.
Davie is a long time cannabis professional who has worked not only as a cultivator but in all aspects of retail cannabis. From budtender, to wholesale and retail management, and from harvester to advanced hydroponic specialist, Davie has been around the block more than once. Now residing in beautiful British Columbia, Davie now works with acres of greenhouses, producing some of the best buds in the country.