There has been confusion over the legality of dispensaries doing business on First Nations land without a provincial licence, selling unregulated cannabis products.
In the Okanagan, a lot of attention has been focused on Indigenous Bloom in Lake Country.
So far, it seems there has been no provincial enforcement at the store — though the provincial government has been cracking down across B.C. There are numerous stores along ‘the Green Mile‘ on Westside Road.
This year, the Okanagan Indian Band, which owns the land where Indigenous Bloom and other stores operate, passed a moratorium on cannabis stores.
However, it seemingly hasn’t had any effect on the stores that are already open.
During a national conference in Kelowna this year that focused on indigenous cannabis opportunities, the co-founder of NATIONS cannabis encouraged First Nations companies to go the legal route.