Welcome to Weedmart. The Pouce Coupe business becomes just the third private non-medical cannabis retail store to be granted its licence in BC, and is hoping to be open in time to sell some stocking stuffers.
“We’re super thrilled,” says co-owner Michelle Doonan, who owns the Pouce Coupe Esso and the Liquor Box, and now Weedmart, with her husband Tim Doonan.
“We’ve ordered products, so once that comes in, we’ve just got to set up the store and open it. Our goal is to hopefully open before Christmas, so next week maybe.”
The process to get a licence was tough, with Doonan saying it included “lots of paperwork, criminal record checks, corporate documents, personal documents, personal financials. They’re not giving them out — they’re hard to get. We worked hard for it, so we’re pretty excited.” They filed their initial application August 10.
Community support was key.
“The mayor and council and the residents of Pouce were behind us,” she explains. “Without them, we wouldn’t be here doing this.”
Pouce Coupe becomes just the second community to welcome a private retail store. (The other two are in Kimberley).
“I am very happy with the fact they got their licence,” says Mayor Lorraine Michetti, noting the owners have been in the community for over 30 years. “It was a no-brainer.”
Michetti has noted she is favour of cannabis business in Pouce.
“We don’t have many businesses out here,” she continues. “Any business out here, we’re happy with it.”
In BC, there have been 359 applications for licences with a $7,500 fee paid. Just three of them have been approved, with all in the “interior and the north” — Kimberley and Pouce, over 1,000 km apart, are both included in the same. One other store, also located in the “interior and the north,” has been given conditional approval.