Canadian Airport Could Be World’s First With a Retail Cannabis Shop

Prince George Airport in British Columbia, Canada could soon become the first airport in the world with a licensed cannabis dispensary.

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A Canadian airport has received a business application from cannabis company Copilot to open a retail shop, Aviaci Online reports. If approved, Prince George Airport which is located in British Columbia would be the only airport in the world with a licensed cannabis dispensary.

Copilot is a project that aims to make air travel a less stressful experience for those who suffer from anxiety or fear related to plane travel.

Gordon Duke, CEO of Prince George Airport, said the airport would be “pleased to welcome Copilot if they receive a commercial license and provincial approval.” He added that the city council considered the application during their Monday meeting and that Copilot met the regulator requirements of the province and Transport Canada prior to that meeting.

“Obtaining a business license is one of the last steps before they can open their doors in [the airport]. Their products and services are in accordance with all federal and provincial laws and the store will operate just like other cannabis retail stores in Prince George. Copilot approached us in 2020 with an application to apply for lease space at our airport. They had a strong business plan that met our expectations for new business partners, and we welcome the opportunity to work with Copilot to expand the services available to our passengers.” Duke to Aviaci Online

Copilot co-founders Reed Horton and Owen Ritz called the airport “the perfect place” to launch their first storefront and fulfill their mission “to make travel a less stressful and more pleasant experience” for their customers. They indicated they hope to open “in the coming year” pending regulatory approvals.

[Prince George Airport] is large enough to showcase our innovative retail concept,” they said in a statement to Aviaci Online, “but small enough to build a close relationship with our customers and the community.”

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the airport served about 500,000 passengers per year.

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