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The University of British Columbia is set to be the first college in Canada to host a cannabis dispensary following recent approval to open a Burb retail store on campus. The new location will be the eighth licensed cannabis retailer in British Columbia for Burb Cannabis Corp. , bringing the company up to the regulatory limit for the number of recreational dispensaries that can be operated in the county by a single licensee.

Burb is an international cannabis brand with a stated mission of bringing British Columbia’s “BC Bud” culture to the world through a network of retail stores of cannabis products, apparel and accessories. The company also owns and produces the Light Culture podcast hosted by David Hershkovits, co-founder and former editor-in-chief of paper magazine.

The planned Burb Dispensary at the University of British Columbia, which is already located off-campus, has been approved by the Metro Vancouver Regional District Board of Directors (MVRD), the local governing body for the area surrounding the university. The approval came despite outspoken opposition from members of the local community, which included an online petition that garnered nearly 1,900 signatures.

“This was a huge victory for us after a contentious debate about public safety and the appropriateness of society,” said John Kay, CEO and Co-Founder of Burb, He said in a statement From the company. “Despite the concerns rooted in the age-old stigma of nearby residents, many of whom are homeowners abroad, the board made an informed decision in line with the overwhelming voice of the student body as well as the principles of legalization in our country. We are very excited to bring Burb to campus and provide safe access For students and residents this fall.”

Neighbors opposed campus clinic plan

Neighbors who opposed locating the infirmary near the campus argued that the store would be too close to a nearby high school and two elementary schools and launched a campaign to oppose the store’s approval. An online petition published by local Connie Chen suggested that the store would lure people to the area for purposes “unrelated to the university,” According to a report from CBC News.

“By allowing retail cannabis to exist in this commercial arena, we are exposing high-risk children to a high degree of exposure to substances for which they are too young,” the petition read.

The proposed cannabis store was supported by the university’s Alma Mater Association (AMS) – the organization that represents more than 56,000 students on campus. An online competing petition in favor of the dispensary sent online by Sean Safai, who is with Burb, has received more than 2,000 signatures.

“As AMS has been supporting the project from the start, it is definitely good news for the students,” AMS President Eshana Bhangu said of the application approval.

“We just think the UBC student body really deserves to have a safe space nearby where cannabis can be purchased in a stress-free environment,” she added.

Bhangu noted that without a dispensary nearby, students at the university would have to walk or take a bus more than 2.5 kilometers (a little more than 1.5 miles) to the nearest cannabis store. The only other option is to buy from illegal dealers.

“Sites like this really do reduce illegal activity and we don’t think this will have any risk to families and underage youth,” Bhangu said.

Burb emphasizes that the new dispensary will not only be the first dispensary located on a Canadian university campus, but the first in the world as well. With the company reaching the maximum number of stores allowed in British Columbia, Burb is looking outside the province to continue its growth. The recent expansion in the US saw the British Columbia cannabis strains premiere, Beaver Tail, Tart Butter, and Zerop to the California market.

“We are on the West Coast OG and we breathe the rich history of BC Bud into all of our brand extensions,” Kaye said. British Columbia has gained worldwide fame for the breeding and cultivation of award-winning artisanal cannabis strains. We are honored to bring this legacy, experience and passion to California through careful organization and special innovation. ”

Burb’s expansion into the US market

In May, the company announced its expansion into the competitive wholesale market for adult-used cannabis in California, with Burb’s products gaining exposure on dispensary shelves at retailers including Cookies, Dr. Greenthamb, The Pottery and Mainstage. The company also plans to expand into Florida’s growing medical cannabis economy.

“We are excited to be partnering with TRP, the wholesale division of Cookies Retail Group, to bring premium Los Angeles-grown flower products to California and look forward to launching them in Florida this fall exclusively through our cookie retailer,” Kay said.

The Burb brand is under a TRP license for both California and Florida and works with Los Angeles-based planting partner Green Label, headed by Jason McKnight, to provide the brand’s premium indoor flower supply.

“We innovate with Jason, work with amazing genetics providers and do everything we can to bring the flavors we know and love to the California market,” Kaye said.


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