Vancouver-based retailer Burb Cannabis Corp. is set to open its eighth pot shop which will be the first one to be approved on a major university campus in Canada and the world.
On Tuesday, the retailer announced it has received final approval from the Metro Vancouver Regional District board of directors to open a cannabis store on the University of British Columbia Vancouver campus.
On June 24, the board of directors met to decide on the application by Burb Cannabis Corporation, on behalf of Mandial Holdings Ltd. to set up an adult-use weed store at the University Village mall on University Boulevard, slightly outside the campus border on the University Endowment Lands.
Despite the opposition of nearby residents, two Change.org petitions and Vancouver-Point Grey MLA David Eby’s unapproval, the store is set to be open soon.
“This was a big victory for us after a contentious debate around public safety and community fit,” said John Kaye, CEO and Co-Founder at Burb.
“Despite concerns grounded in age-old stigma from nearby residents, many of whom were off-shore residential owners, the board made an informed decision that aligned with the overwhelming voice of the student body as well as the tenets of legalization in our country. We’re beyond excited to bring Burb to campus and provide safe access to students and residents this fall.”
Burb also said in a statement that after entering the Californian market last May, its wholesale sales have been successful and it plans to expand to Florida this fall.
The brand’s flower products can be found at leading retailers such as Cookies, Harborside, Urbn Leaf, Mainstage, Dr. Greenthumb, Emjay and others.
“We’re delighted to partner with TRP, the wholesale division of Cookies Retail Group, to bring our Los Angeles grown premium flower products to the state of California and look forward to launching in the state of Florida this fall exclusively through Cookies retail stores,” Kaye said.
The brand is also working with L.A.-based cultivation partner Green Label –led by Jason McKnight– to provide a consistent flower supply.
“We’re innovating with Jason, working with amazing genetics providers and doing our best to bring the flavours we know and love to the California market,” Kaye added.