Salmon Arm dispensary first in B.C. with farmgate licence to grow … – North Island Gazette

Fresh is best.

A motto many live by when it comes to meat, dairy, produce and anything else that goes into your body – including cannabis.

ShuCanna, a Salmon Arm dispensary, is taking the motto to heart and recently underwent the process to be licensed as a farmgate Producer Retail Store, meaning they can grow cannabis onsite, package it and sell it in their store in a much faster process than other dispensaries.

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The process usually involves buying and waiting to receive product through the B.C. Liquor and Cannabis Distribution Branch, after it has been grown elsewhere, cultivated, packaged and approved, which can take up to a year, said ShuCanna owner and president Terry Robinson.

Through the farmgate program, consumers are getting much fresher cannabis, which the ShuCanna team has heard is being very well received.

The Salmon Arm site is the only licenced Producer Retail Store in B.C., although two others are in the licensing process at this time.

Though the province has previously listed two other farmgate stores, licenced through special arrangements with two Indigenous-owned cannabis producers, these are not listed by

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