Don't spark up a wildfire

It’s already been a catastrophic fire season.

Temperatures into the 40s have made the woods drier than an eighth packed in 2019.

We don’t need to be risky with our weed; a little bit of common sense is good when it comes to preventing forest fires.

Here are some ways to avoid one hell of a downer while you're out getting high:

  1. Avoid smoking in the woods, especially if it's windy. In blustery conditions, save it for the concrete jungle where you can easily butt out on a sidewalk.
  2. On the trail, stick to the gravel or dirt path. It's legal; you don't have to hide in the underbrush.
  3. Consider dry-herb vaping or hitting a vape cart.
  4. Drinks are a perfect companion. You’re going to be thirsty anyway, so why not bring a few iced teas or sparkling waters to quench your thirst and get your buzz on.
  5. Don't toss your joint absentmindedly. Put it out properly.

Send us a way you play it safe:

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Phantom pot shops

The narrow storefront in white could become a cannabis store.

Proposals for two pot shops on Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna will go to public hearings.

Council approved them, despite the staff recommendation that the applications be denied due rules specifying at least 500 metres separation between cannabis stores. 

Meanwhile, two previously-approved downtown pot shops have yet to open, despite being approved two years ago.

“Who knew that none of them would actually be open, two years later,” said Coun. Gail Given. “It’s really quite astounding.”

One new pot shop is proposed by Lee Schurian, owner of Hemp City, inside the existing store at 520 Bernard Ave. The other, the Green Pineapple, is proposed for 266 Bernard Ave. by Krista Lusted.

  • RELATED: What is a cannabis licence worth?

“I’m curious to hear from the public, what they think about the proposals,” said Coun. Ryan Donn.

Having no cannabis stores open downtown, almost four years after the drug’s legalization, is a “deficit” the city did not anticipate, Donn said.

The city’s approach to municipally regulating pot shops may explain why the two previously approved downtown cannabis stores have not yet opened. The 500-metre spacing requirement can give an approved-operator effective control over a considerable area, although council can choose to waive the restriction.

A lease for one of the downtown properties where council previously granted the zoning change necessary to allow cannabis sales recently sold for almost $700,000, council heard. But there’s still no sign of the store actually opening, council heard.

— Ron Seymour/The Daily Courier

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Sudden change of heart?

Recent raids on unlicensed cannabis stores on Indigenous land in the Okanagan signaled a sudden shift in the way the province has been handling the so called 'hot potato.'

On June 25, Castanet received anonymous tips that RCMP had raided a cannabis grow-op along Westside Road’s "Green Mile," located on Okanagan Indian Band land.

Meanwhile, the Kelowna Capital News reported that police had raided an unlicensed store on Commonwealth Road on OKIB land just outside of Lake Country.

Read the full story on the oz.

Quick hits

 Cannabis reform? It's the right time for full federal legalization to help economy and people (USA Today)
 My tip for cannabis brands based on the historical scope and market growth of cannabis-infused wine (Rolling Stone)

❌ Rapid growth of cannabis stores in Ontario will likely result in some closures: OCS (Global News)

 Songhees Nation co-owned cannabis store opens in downtown Victoria (BC Local News)

➕ The Valens Company adds legacy brand, Gallery, to its portfolio (the oz.)

🧠 Opinion: Health experts say cannabis link to suicide not cut and dried (GrowthOp

 BC cannabis growers coping with recent heat wave (StratCann)

Sunset Peach by Verse Originals

This fresh and fruity vape is the perfect summer companion.

It goes down sweet and smooth and provides a relaxed and happy buzz, the cannabis equivalent of a peach Bellini.

The Sunset Peach 510-thread Vape cart by Verse Originals comes in a 1g size, and overshadows the Tropic Lemon’s 0.3g but you won’t hear me complain about that. This is my favourite vape to date.

According to Verse they were inspired by the strains Peaches N’ Cream and Strawberry Banana when creating the Sunset Peach flavour. The key terpenes are listed as Alpha Pinene, D-Limonene, and Linalool. 

I’m personally not huge on the classic cannabis flavour and you’ll rarely see me with a joint in my hand but sometimes you just don’t want to wait for an edible to hit. That’s where vape carts like this really hit the mark.

A word of warning to you, this one is so tasty you might not want to stop before you’ve hit the moon!

— Jenny Neufeld

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Dad jokes

What's the difference between Iron Man & Aluminum Man?
Iron Man stops the bad guy, Aluminum Man foils their plans.

What do you call a wig that costs 25 cents?
A small price toupee.

How much does a rainbow weigh?
Not much, they're actually pretty light!

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