A year with the oz.

With the oz.’s first anniversary coming up on Oct. 17 — same day as legalization — it seems fitting to celebrate by knocking something off our bucket list.

Since the beginning, the plan has been to launch a magazine. At the end of October, that dream becomes a reality.

As an email subscriber, you’ll receive our first digital edition, and you’ll have the opportunity to win your very own copy of the limited print edition.

We’ve covered some of the biggest pot stories in the Okanagan, including the first store openings and the rise of some of the Valley’s biggest cannabis players.

Thanks to everyone who has helped the oz. grow; the cannabis community is a positive and supportive place.

Without further ado, let our birthday month navel gazing begin with the oz.’s top five stories of the year, determined by your clicks.

Our top 5

5. Locations for Kelowna’s first cannabis stores
A couple of months after legalization, we got our first look at Kelowna’s cannabis map. The city released information about the locations and companies behind the current 41 applications for cannabis retail stores in the city.
4. Can you get lifted on the chairlift?
Just because it’s legal, don’t think that you’ll be able to smoke and ski. Both Big White and Silver Star in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley are approaching their first winters since legalization in Canada with caution, their representatives told the oz.
3. First Okanagan cannabis store approved
The Okanagan is about to get its first legal cannabis store. Spiritleaf in Vernon has been given the green light by the province to open as soon as they’re ready — becoming the 35th private store in BC to earn a provincial licence to sell cannabis.
2.  Houseplant Sativa by Seth Rogan
Chemdawg by Seth Rogan has a nice ring to it, right? Don’t get your hopes up; this is not that. Houseplant Sativa from Seth’s cannabis company arrived in a comically large box, so big that the BC Cannabis Store needed a larger box than usual to ship it — like babushka dolls.
1. Indigenous Bloom opens near Kelowna
If you’re looking to buy cannabis in the Okanagan, you now have a new option. Indigenous Bloom opened its doors Friday (Jan. 11) just outside of Lake Country on Okanagan Indian Band land off Commonwealth Road.

Okanagan retail update

There are now seven licensed recreational cannabis stores open in the Okanagan.

The latest stores to open are Green Gaia Cannabis Co. in Summerland; The Greenhorn in Vernon; and Vernon Cannabis Store.

Spiritleaf has locations in Vernon and Penticton.

Starbuds is open in Lake Country.

Hobo is open in Kelowna.

Quick Hits

Scheer factor
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer attacked Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying the Liberals legalized cannabis too quickly.
Vaping profits evaporate?
A U.S. recommendation that consumers avoid vaping products THC could be a blow to Canadian cannabis companies' hopes that the higher-margin products will help propel them to profitability.
That sinking feeling
Managing director of The Cannalysts Craig Wiggins explains why cannabis stocks have been sinking lately — spoiler alert: It’s inventory concerns.
First cannabis restaurant
October 1, 2019, will go down in history as the date the legal cannabis movement made its most progress yet. The first-ever cannabis consumption-friendly restaurant is now open for business in the United States.
Drinking it up
Canopy Growth Corp. has bought a majority stake in BioSteel Sports Nutrition Inc., a maker of sports nutrition products. BioSteel is best known for its pink sports drink that is used by professional athletes.

Dad jokes

I struggle with Roman numerals until I get to 159.
Then it just CLIX.
The person who invented autocorrect should burn in hello.
I'm looking to sell my DeLorean. It’s in Great condition, low mileage. Only driven from time to time!
I’ve invented a new word...
I was once in a band called 999 megabytes.
We could never quite get a gig.

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