Now that officials in Washington State have issued licenses for shop owners to sell marijuana, B.C. merchants who sell medicinal pot say they’re going to feel some competition.
Dana Larsen, who runs two medical dispensaries in Vancouver, says he expects locals to still come in regularly, but fewer customers elsewhere.
“Certainly, the tourist industry and people coming to Vancouver to enjoy B.C. bud and certainly the larger export market in British Columbia is definitely going to be affected by this.”
Larsen, who was part of a failed campaign for a referendum to legalize marijuana, says the provincial government needs to protect the industry here.
Pot goes on sale in Washington tomorrow at 8 a.m.