A new Salmon Arm business is the first official cannabis "farmgate" store in B.C. A cannabis farmgate store is a licensed cannabis store connected to a production facility or farm where customers can purchase products directly from the grower, similar to buying directly from a winery or brewpub.
Owner Terry Robinson says the road has been long to get there but that ShuCanna Growers is holding its official grand opening today. Robinson says he's not one to "get stoned" – it was actually a police officer friend who suggested he try cannabis for health problems he was suffering some years ago.
"I said, yeah right, you're trying to get me arrested," he recalled. That was before cannabis was legalized. Doctors thought Robinson had cancer and then fibromyalgia. It was "a roller coaster of prescriptions," he says. But it was cannabis that gave him relief from his symptoms.
That sparked the genesis of his business idea, and once cannabis was legalized, he set about opening ShuCanna.
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