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British Columbia allows private cannabis stores to sell books and merchandise


Victoria –

Anyone looking to purchase a t-shirt, book or piece of art from their favorite cannabis store can now do so, following a decision by the BC government.

The province announced on Friday that private retailers can start selling cannabis-themed items, such as clothing, marijuana books or “artwork featuring cannabis designs.”

“Many of our customers have a keen interest in peripheral cannabis-related items, such as clothing,” Jaclynn Pehota, executive director of the Canadian Cannabis Retailers Association, said in a statement Friday.

“We welcome the freedom to meet this demand and provide our customers with a unique shopping experience,” she said.

Edible items that do not contain cannabis, such as snacks, drinks, tobacco, or liquor, are still prohibited for sale in cannabis stores.

The province says some restrictions are still in place on sales of merchandise. Cannabis store merchandise cannot include the following brand:

• Represent a real or fictional person, animal or character, or include a testimonial or endorsement.

• Sell items that are generally associated with minors or that could reasonably be liked by them, such as children’s clothing.

• Associate cannabis with a lifestyle that can include glamor, leisure, excitement, vitality, risk or daring.

The province says it approved the sale of cannabis-themed items after consulting with industry stakeholders, the federal government and the province’s own standards on public health and potential effects on minors.

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