By Vanessa Broadbent
Despite its frosted windows, Osoyoos’ first retail cannabis store Maple Leaf Greenery is all about transparency, says owner Jana Howardson.
The store opened its doors for the first time Friday afternoon, and staff are inviting the community to stop by and see what they’re about.
“We don’t want anyone to be hesitant to come in,” Howardson said. “Everyone is welcome to come in and look. We can give you information, you can just poke your head in, anything you want.”
Customers can browse tables of cannabis flowers, organized by type and with information on each strain listed, for sale in packages from one gram to 15 grams.
Pre-rolled and CBD products and accessories are on display behind glass counters and cases, where senior manager Krystle Parsons is ready to provide information.
“We can help them decide whether or not they’re interested in intoxicating effects of THC or just the potential health benefits from the CBD,” she said. “Anybody is more than welcome to come in and we’ll spend as much time as we can with them figuring out what their needs are.”
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The back of the store includes a learning room where staff plan to host information sessions in the future.
“We might be doing a day on THC versus CBD or Cannabis 101, something like that so people who want to come in and listen and watch are welcome,” Parsons said.
Howardson has rented the storefront since October 2018, and council first discussed the store in December. After receiving provincial approval in August, council adopted a zoning bylaw allowing the store in September.
“It was quite the journey, it was quite a long process, but at the same time it really allows you to be vigorous and thorough and make sure that everything is right to regulations,” Parsons said.
To make purchases, customers are required to have two pieces of ID, Parsons said.
“Beyond that, we can figure everything out. I just need to know what their basic experience is, what they’re looking to gain from it, when they want to use it, so come in with that kind of knowledge.”
The store is located at 8322 Main St. and is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.