With home delivery of cannabis in BC for more than a week, the Surrey City Council’s decision not to allow retail stores has become essentially moot.
“I think it’s absolutely a problem. That changed everything – that it could be delivered, ”said Councilor Brenda Locke, now a mayoral candidate for her Surrey Connect list. “People want access to cannabis. There is no doubt and people are going … to Semiahmoo and they are going to New West now. “
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Surrey residents can now order their cannabis products and receive same-day delivery – which can be delivered by car, bike, or on foot if safely stored – of a product that is then transported across the city to a place of residence .
The Safe Surrey Coalition, the majority on the city council, has yet to approve a cannabis store in the city, despite the federal government legalizing non-medicinal cannabis on October 17, 2018.
“I think the Council needs to take a look,” said Locke.
“It’s a legal product in the provinces of British Columbia and the country of Canada and we can leave our heads in the sand, but it’s a legal product and we should be able to buy it if the Surrey people so wish.”
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum has not responded to multiple requests for comment at the time of publication.
The provincial government announced on June 17 that it would allow cannabis retailers to supply non-medicinal cannabis products directly to consumers from July 15.
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This followed BC’s announcement in August 2020 that it allowed retail cannabis stores to sell their products online.
Vikram Sachdeva was on his way to deliver an order to Surrey from Chilliwack the same day he spoke to the Now Guide.
“We want to cover the Lower Mainland from Delta to Chilliwack for now and then expand our delivery service to pretty much the entire (Greater Vancouver Area) and serve the communities that currently don’t have a store,” said Sachdeva, Founder and CEO of Seed and Stone.
“That’s why we’ve now taken the risk of starting at Chilliwack so that customers understand that we’re going one step further to get the right product in the right hands.”
While Sachdeva is unable to open a physical store in town, the company’s headquarters are in South Surrey, with plans to open a store in White Rock on Marine Drive. They have also just been licensed in Delta to open a facility on Annacis Island.
Sachdeva said he would like to open a shop in Surrey and serve the community.
“The office is here. We want to keep contributing to the Surrey and BC economies, ”he said.
“You wait patiently. This is one thing that we have learned in this industry. Be patient and keep trying. Delta was also a no-before and we kept trying and we took it to an area that we thought was in the best interests of the community and we are trying to look for such places in Surrey as well. ”
In the meantime, people can visit Seed and Stone online at Seedandstone.com or call 1-888-575-7333 to place an order.
As for contributing to the economy, Sachdeva said the response from the Chilliwack community has been “incredible”.
“Taxpayers’ money aside, people who came from Abbotsford when they had no business, from Hope, from Mission, from everywhere. They also bring this economic benefit. “
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