July 20, 2018
Recently, the LDB confirmed they have signed 31 licensed cannabis producers from across the country, 12 of which are in BC, to memorandums of understanding (MOUs) to supply its wholesale operations, essentially all that responded to its bid process.
“The initial product assortment will feature more than 150 strains, ranging in quality, from value to ultra-premium product, at competitive prices. The LDB has also secured an array of cannabis accessories for retail sale in BC Cannabis Stores.”
The list of suppliers includes local, smaller-scale producers such as Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp. (which will brand its recreational product under the Whistler Cannabis Co. name) to major producers such as BC-based Tilray, Canopy Growth Corp. and Aurora Cannabis.
The LDB will reportedly continue to make product calls and sign up additional producers as they become licensed.
While the LDB would not disclose their forecast for volumes it expects to distribute, they expect to deal in a “volume, variety and quality” of cannabis that “(speaks) to the LDB’s commitment to working towards eliminating the illicit market,” LDB CEO Blain Lawson said in the government news release.
The LDB also unveiled the location it has selected to open its first BC Cannabis Stores-branded retail location, Kamloops’ Columbia Place Shopping Centre. The location is subject to municipal approval, which the LDB plans to apply for this in September.