Legal cannabis sales buzzing in Fort St. John

Legal cannabis sales in Fort St. John are abuzz heading into the holidays and the new year.

Hive opened its doors to a lineup of early morning patrons on Saturday, Dec. 21, breathing new life into the former home of the Northeast News on 100 Avenue, vacant since it closed in 2016.

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Hive becomes the second legal cannabis retailer to open its doors in Fort St. John, and opened nearly a year to the day it received approval from city council.

The company is led by Dr. Neil Rockerbie, a Victoria-based physician and addictions specialist who serves as a medical director at Clarity Cannabis MD Holdings.

Cannabis Corner was the city's first cannabis retailer, opening its doors to consumers on Oct. 11.

The company is led by three local partners and long-time residents Danny Lepine, Aaron Lepine, and Lori Bahm. The partnership’s goal is to operate more than one store in the Peace region.

The province will open a government-owned BC Cannabis Store in Fort St. John in early 2020.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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