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Kitimat cannabis operation proposes Telkwa expansion

A shop could open as early as March if village council turns on the green light
Kitimat retail cannabis operators Swissport Management proposed a cannabis store for Telkwa at the Jan. 9 meeting of village council. (Marisca Bakker photo)

Owners of a retail cannabis store in Kitimat are trying to open another location within the village of Telkwa.

Part owner of Swissport Management, Jess Santos, along with his partners, presented the idea to the village at the Jan. 9 regular meeting of council.

The Village of Telkwa Zoning Bylaw does permit cannabis retail stores in Downtown Commercial – C1 and Service Commercial – C2 zones at this time.

However, the proponents need council’s approval before setting up shop.

Santos told The Interior News that he thinks the business would benefit the village.

“There being a bit of a black market of drugs there, this would definitely help kind of expunge that and provide safe, legal cannabis products to the community,” he said.

“I think they’re also hungry for some economic development and new business always bodes well for that. And we’re a very, very community-based organization. We’d be providing as many sponsorship opportunities for any type of adult-style events that we could. So I think there’s a lot of benefits to having us in the community.”

Santos said the location they are looking at is in the same building that houses the municipal office on Hankin Avenue. He said the retail space in there that is available for lease would need very few renovations and they could be open as soon as March, if council gives them the green light.

The proposal is slated to appear on a February agenda for council’s consideration.

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Marisca Bakker

About the Author: Marisca Bakker

Marisca was born and raised in Ontario and moved to Smithers almost ten years ago on a one-year contract.
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