Cannabidiol was removed from shelves in two Princeton stores last week.

Cannabidiol was removed from shelves in two Princeton stores last week.

Cannabis products removed from Princeton store shelves after visits from RCMP

Police seized a quantity of illegal cannabis products at a local business last Thursday.

A second business was asked to remove product from its shelves, and complied.

According to Princeton RCMP Sergeant Robert Hughes, a report was received that a local retail outlet was selling medical grade cannabidiol (CBD).

The owners had recently posted to a local Facebook group that the oils were available.

Police attended the store to investigate and confiscated the merchandise.

Hughes said no charges will be laid as the owners appeared to be operating in good faith.

The products were purchased by the business on-line, he said.

“The issue here is the stuff didn’t come from a regulated, licensed distributor.”

Hughes also noted the Cannabis Act states all CBD products must be properly labelled and sold only at licensed dispensaries.

The licensing process includes approvals from provincial agencies and municipal permission.

The Town of Princeton has yet to approve a cannabis bylaw that would regulate if, how and where marijuana products could be sold within town limits.

CAO Lyle Thomas said his office has received a few phone calls inquiring about opportunities for a retail cannabis store, but no applications for licensing.

Lots of interest in possible Princeton pot shops

Another business also received a visit last week from police.

The store was asked to stop selling CBD oil for animals, even though the product is hemp based and contains no THC.

The business continues to sell hemp terpenes, which is used to treat animal seizures, improve mobility and lessen anxiety.

According to Area H regional district director Bob Coyne, a property signed for selling cannabis products – approximately 18 km from town on Old Hedley Road – is also not licensed.

When Coyne became aware of the situation he made inquiries.

“It’s on band land. It’s on reserve. So we have no jurisdiction.”

The RDOS has also yet to decide how it will license retail cannabis stores, however a bylaw to regulate micro-grow operations is currently under review.

“We are working on it.”

The Spotlight was unable to reach the Old Hedley Road property owners, or the Upper Similkameen Indian Band, for comment.

A licensed cannabis retail shop, Qauntum 1, is expected to open later this week in Keremeos.

Quantum 1 cannabis retailer scheduled to open Nov. 1

In April, the village council approved the cannabis retailer after an extensive public consultation process. As part of the process, an online survey was conducted which received 83 responses from residents. In total, 51 were in favour of the application while 32 were not, the Review reported. Some of the concerns included public safety issues, proximity to the pocket park and the proposed hours from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. were too long.

To report a typo, email:
publisher@similkameenspotlight.com
.



andrea.demeer@similkameenspotlight.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Fruit farmers in the Okanagan and Creston valleys are in desperate need of cherry harvesters amid COVID-19 work shortages. (Photo: Unsplash/Abigail Miller)
‘Desperate’ need for workers at Okanagan cherry farms

Fruit farmers are worried they’ll have to abandon crops due to COVID-19 work shortages

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Over 5K jabbed at Interior Health mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The clinics have made stops in more than 40 communities since launching last week

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interior Health COVID-19 cases falling slower than the rest of B.C.

More than a third of provincial cases announced Thursday came from the Interior

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce will host the Valley Wide Business Expo May 4 at Predator Ridge Resort. (photo submitted)
Golf raffle helps Okanagan families score homes

Habitat for Humanity Okanagan swinging into action this summer with a new raffle

The weekly COVID-19 map for June 6 to 12. (BC CDC)
South Okanagan sees only 5 new cases in last week

The Similkameen Valley went a second week without any new cases

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Earls On Top at 211 Bernard Avenue in Kelowna. (Google Maps photo)
Downtown Kelowna’s Earls ordered closed after COVID-19 transmission

Earls on Top on Bernard Avenue will be closed from June 18 to June 27

A motorycle crash has been reported on Westside Road. (Google Maps)
UPDATE: Westside Road reopened following motorcycle crash near Vernon

AIM Roads advises drivers to expect delays due to congestion

(File photo)
Penticton not holding Canada Day activities out of respect for Indigenous people

Cities across B.C. are cancelling the holiday after an increased spotlight on Canada’s dark history

Dereck Donald Sears. (Contributed/Crimestoppers)
Murder charge laid in relation to suspicious Kelowna death

Dereck Donald Sears is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Darren Middleton

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 charged, suspect at large in killings of B.C. brothers linked to gang activity: RCMP

Kamloops brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May on a remote Okanagan road

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

Most Read