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B.C. would nix government cannabis store to cool fight with Cowichan Tribes – Times Colonist

June 25, 2019

B.C.’s minister responsible for cannabis says he would be fine if the provincial government abandoned its plans for a cannabis store in a Cowichan Valley shopping mall if that would help cool a dispute with the largest First Nation in the province.

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said Monday he does not care if the government operates a cannabis store in the Cowichan Commons shopping mall, after criticism by the Cowichan Tribes that the province is delaying the tribes’ cannabis security check so the province can secure a lucrative retail location.

“I’d be quite happy if the application didn’t go anywhere at this time,” Farnworth said of the government store application. “If there’s no public store in Cowichan, I’m not going to lose sleep over that.”

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