Lake Country staff recommends approval for Dutch Love

Published on October 15, 2020 by David Wylie

Dutch Love's store is already built on Main Street in Lake Country—however, it does not sport the new branding. Photo: okanaganz

Lake Country district staff are recommending city council approve a Dutch Love cannabis store in the community’s downtown.

Approval from the district at its Oct. 20 meeting would then send the application by Lightbox Enterprises (aka Dutch Love) on to the provincial government for final approval.

“As of the date of this report, the district has not received any public comment in relation to the advertisements or notices,” says the staff report.

The locations meets the district’s requirements according to its bylaws.

The proposed hours are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

It would be the second legal cannabis retail store in the area. There is also an unlicensed store.

The district asked residents and businesses who feel they’re affected to submit feedback.

“Approval may offend individuals in the community who do not support cannabis sales and consumption,” says city staff in a section titled ‘unintended outcomes.’

Dutch Love, formerly known as Hobo, was the first company to open a store in Kelowna.

Dutch Love Cannabis is a Donnelly Group venture with more than a dozen privately-owned retail cannabis stores locations spread out across BC, Ontario, and Alberta.

The Donnelly Group is behind some of the most popular restaurants, bars, and pubs around Vancouver.