Matt Rivard is dreaming of a green Christmas. If he’s been a good boy.
The owner operator at Starbuds in the Dawson Creek Mall expects the store to be open within the month.
“I don’t think we could be any further along in terms of the groundwork on the process,” he says.
While the front was operating as Compass Cannabis during the medical marijuana phase of the last year, but now is the time to get recreational. Starbuds will launch you there – so to speak.
“We’re dealing with the same producers as before, just now for recreational users.”
He notes the formal application process in Mile Zero and beyond - has been a re-leaf - if you will.
Our relationship with the community, considering this is new ground, has been great. The landlords in Bosa Properties, the municipality, to the Chamber of Commerce, to the media,” he says.
“At the end if the day, this is still about education.”
On a related side note, anyone now wanting to work in any aspect of the cannabis industry will be required to go through mandatory government screening and processing as of November 30.
Rivard says Starbuds will be about the recreational side of the plant, not medical.
“We are still educating users, but not in a medical sense – we simply now want to make people aware of what is out there and what is real, what is not. Methods of delivery, and other aspects of cannabis."