Working with Indigenous Bloom, the Osoyoos Indian Band is opening two medicinal cannabis stores. (Stock photo)

Working with Indigenous Bloom, the Osoyoos Indian Band is opening two medicinal cannabis stores. (Stock photo)

OIB partners with Indigenous Bloom to open two cannabis stores

The Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) is opening two cannabis retail stores on Feb. 3

The two cannabis dispensaries on OIB lands are located in Osoyoos at Nk’MIp Corner by the Petro Canada Gas and convenience store and in Oliver along Hwy 97 at the Tim Hortons and Gulf gas station in Senkulmen Business Park.

OIB has partnered with Indigenous Bloom to open these retail stores. The cannabis products will be sold at the locations under the Osoyoos Indian Band Cannabis bylaw with product standards that meet and/or exceed federal and provincial standards.

“We are excited about the socio-economic opportunities that these retail stores present for our community. These stores represent a chance for new skill-building and long-term employment,” said Chief Clarence Louie.

“There is tremendous opportunity for OIB in this industry. That includes employment, generation of income, and jurisdiction and autonomy over their lands,” said Robert Louie, executive chairman of Indigenous Bloom.

The grand opening for both dispensaries is on February 3, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Osoyoos location and 2 p.m. at the Oliver location.