License Lapse: Kelowna Dispensary Faces Suspension Over Minor Sale

In a significant regulatory action, Prime Cannabis, a dispensary located on Pandosy Street in Kelowna, has been handed a seven-day license suspension. This penalty comes after the establishment failed an undercover inspection by the BC Liquor and Cannabis Branch, resulting in the sale of cannabis edibles to a minor.

The incident, which took place on November 30, 2023, involved a 16-year-old minor agent who was able to purchase THC-infused gummies without being asked for identification. The budtender, a two-and-a-half-year employee at Prime Cannabis, expressed deep remorse over the oversight and has since taken proactive steps to prevent future lapses, including initiating a weekly reminder system for staff to check IDs.

Regulatory Response

The BC Liquor and Cannabis Branch’s decision to suspend rather than impose a monetary fine underscores the seriousness with which it views such infractions. The suspension, set to begin on April 3, reflects a commitment to upholding stringent standards for cannabis sales, particularly where minors are concerned.

Moving Forward

In the wake of the violation, Prime Cannabis has implemented a policy requiring the ID of anyone appearing under 40, along with additional signage to reinforce the message. These measures signify a concerted effort to align with regulatory expectations and restore public confidence in the dispensary’s operations.

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