Local artist paints a mural at the new Herb. Co dispensary

Small business marijuana dispensary opening

The City of Vancouver has given the green light to a Mount Pleasant dispensary to open a second location.

Licensed marijuana dispensary, The Herb Co. at 1193 Main St, is putting the finishing touches on it’s new location at 779 Kingsway, to open it’s doors in November. The Herb Co. was the first dispensary in the city to receive a business lisence for retail medical marijuana, and will now open a second flagship location in the Mount Pleasant area.

“We are very excited about our new store design at the Kingsway location”, states owner of The Herb Co., Sunny, who says he hopes his new dispensary will offer the community safe access to marijuana, with a wide selection that will cater to a variety of people.

“The most common reasons people come into the store is to relieve pain, anxiety, and stress,” explains Sunny, while adding that his clients range from compassion members, to first timers users, to connoisseurs.

“Our most popular strain is London Bridge (indica) — it won 3rd place in this years High Times Cannabis Cup, and is exclusive to us. Strawberry Cough (sativa) is great for social anxiety. Girl Scout Cookies (hybrid) is a great overall strain and good for stress,” mentions Sunny.

While the relationship between the City of Vancouver, VPD, and small business dispensaries is in apparent harmony at the moment, there are lingering concerns regarding Ontario’s recent plan to distribute marijuana thru government run facilities.

“Our biggest worry is new provincial government regulations not recognizing the dispensary model and possibly putting cannabis into pharmacies and/or liquor stores,” explains Sunny.

The Herb Co. is one of only 11 dispensaries to receive a business licence from a batch of 100 storefronts running in the city over the last two years. With no obstacles in sight, Sunny is optimistic about his storefronts.

“Our biggest hope is to expand our flourishing dispensary business BC wide, and possibly into new provinces, “ reveals Sunny.

Recreational marijuana is due to be legal across Canada by July 2018.