A special investigation unit based in Kelowna has managed to shut down most of the illegal pot shops in its Southern Interior territory. But, when it comes to shops on First Nations lands, that’s a grey area. Unit members have met with the chief and councils of many of the region’s First Nations trying to find solutions to the jurisdictional issues affecting their lands.
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There has been confusion over the legality of dispensaries doing business on First Nations land without a provincial licence, selling unregulated cannabis products.
stores on First Nations land operated under their own rules, despite the disagreement of the federal and provincial governments. Indeed, a stretch of Westside Road became known as "The Green Mile."
Cannabis cops crack down: There are multiple stores to purchase cannabis, including edibles, along what has come to be called the "green mile" on Okanagan Indian Band land. These shops indicate they operate in a "grey zone" – but the Police says no.
Enderby area dubbed 'Greenderby' as pot shops bloom and West of Vernon, the Okanagan Indian Band's Westside Road has earned the nickname "the Green Mile" and now boasts two drive-through cannabis stores along with five other pot shops all in close proximi
High times at Okanagan Indian Band's 'Green Mile', The Top Hat Cannabis store sits just a stone's throw from Little Kingdom Medical Hemp and Cannabis, just a short walk from the Wakenbake drive-thru.
A cannabis store that opened recently near Lake Country is operating without a licence. According to the province, in order to operate cannabis stores must obtain a provincial licence