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More than 1.5 million British Columbians have no local retail access to recreational cannabis. Jeremy Jacob is the founder of Village Bloomery in Vancouver. Jason Payne / PNG More than 1.5 million British Columbians in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley have no local retail access to recreational cannabis more than a year after weed was legalized for sale. “In B.C., municipalities have been given veto power over the rights that the federal government has given to Canadians, the right to regulated, dignified access to cannabis,” said Jeremy Jacob, president of the Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers. Municipalities must support any application for a cannabis retail store, before the province will consider granting a licence. About 174 cannabis retail stores are concentrated on Vancouver Island, the southern Interior and Vancouver. B.C. cities that veto retail weed creating vast cannabis deserts

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