Not everyone happy with the City of Kelowna pot shop lottery

It was a frustrating experience for the marijuana entrepreneurs who found themselves in a City of Kelowna lottery in order to be one of the applicants moving forward in the retail pot store process. 

Krista's concept scored the highest among downtown proposals. Three others were close enough in their application scores that a lottery was held and she didn't make it.

Krista says she was incredibly disappointed given the effort and expense she had to put into her aplication. "In our case, we had the highest scoring application in the downtown area. The other three scored within 5 percent of us and all four were located within a 500 meter radius." So, a lottery was in order, according to City of Kelowna rules, and Krista lost.

Krista says, "While I wasn't chosen, I have an option to appeal. I reached out to the city with questions, but haven't heard back yet."

15 retail pot shop proposals have been selected to move into the re-zoning phase of the process. City staff don't expect a retail outlet to open before late spring or early summer.