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‘ALL SYSTEMS GO’ – Jordi Mikeli-Jones, staffer Keighlan Gustus-Lukey and Jeremy Jones, left-right, are seen at this morning’s ribbon-cutting of Triple J’s Canna Space.

Yukoners flock to private cannabis store

A handful of eager customers entered the territory’s first private retail store this morning, as Triple J’s Canna Space swung open its doors at 10 a.m. in downtown Whitehorse.

By Palak Mangat on April 18, 2019

A handful of eager customers entered the territory’s first private retail store this morning, as Triple J’s Canna Space swung open its doors at 10 a.m. in downtown Whitehorse.

John Smarch was the store’s first customer, buying 3.5 grams worth of product.

“I thought I’d try something new,” Smarch said this morning. “I have insomnia, so I’m going to try and do some self-medication and hopefully this will work,” he smiled, looking down in his paper bag.

Standing in the reception area, Smarch added he was impressed by the store and how things flowed with ease.

“It’s pretty good – it’s quick, easy, you just go in and out and we’re done,” he said, adding he plans to eventually sign up for a membership with the store.

“It seems to come in not-too-bad packaging, so I’m going to try it out later on – after work,” Smarch added.

The pair spearheading the effort to open the site is Jordi Mikeli-Jones and Jeremy Jones, both of whom were on hand for the ribbon-cutting.

The handful of customers began to grow, approaching the dozen range, as the opening inched toward the one-hour mark.

Another customer rolling through the doors was Jake Wykes, who guessed he’d now opt out of the YG store at Marwell.

“The government store is super-bland and boring,” he said, his Chocolope product in hand.

“You walk in there and you feel like you’re signing up for a mortgage or something, and you’re just not having a good time.

“But in here, it’s nice and colourful, there’s a wood floor, there’s a stone wall and the table in the middle is just so impressive.”

Supporting a local business was a huge factor in swaying his decision.

“Just a love for cannabis,” he said when asked what brought him out.

“Everybody’s local, I know pretty much everybody who works here, so it’s super-exciting to be a part of that.”

Comments (13)

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Josey Wales on Apr 25, 2019 at 8:24 am

Hmmmm...the CoW and the LYG going waaaay outta their way to get this blazefest lit.
Way easier to herd, fleece, and refleece the sheep in our polarized society when so so sooooo many are high and drunk.
Here...have some electric lettuce and some fire water, fill out some forms for free shiny things too.
Not so much directed at these entrepreneurs, but the tactics I suggest governments use to keep us all uniformed and off the scale of cognitive dissonance.
We will let them burn it all down, as so many blaze away and feed on the chum our political masters toss to us.
Suggest I...OJW
“Exodus...movement of da people, OH yeah” B Marley
He was shot dead, we are shooting ourselves.
...cannot imagine one edit being required here, today

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Puff Daddy on Apr 25, 2019 at 12:50 am

They should relocate to the ground floor of the Philipsen Law Centre. Easily accessible, high-traffic [lol] spacious, and bright. The court-goers would have access to legal weed which could be offered as an incentive for regular court attendance.

There is a nice fish pond for those occasioned bouts of oblivion - Wow, the fish is talking to me dude - And, there is a second tier balcony for chilling on while enjoying the sunshine in the relative warmth of a greenhouse like environment - get lost in the jungle of your consciousness!

Perhaps in this way the courts may stumble upon some clarity in purpose? Roll another just like the other one...

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Patti Eyre on Apr 24, 2019 at 4:12 pm

This is classic Whitehorse Star trolls, immediately criticizing before analyzing! I for one will be sampling these fine business folks' wares!

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Peter Cambridge on Apr 23, 2019 at 5:02 pm

These are hardworking business people who will have the lift for wheelchair access soon.
Please give them a break since they are working on it.

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My Opinion on Apr 23, 2019 at 1:05 pm

Must we constantly do free ads for these operations? If they want to advertise let them pay like all other businesses have to. That includes the YTG outlet.

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My Opinion on Apr 23, 2019 at 1:03 pm

Look at the Tattoos on those dudes.

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Al on Apr 21, 2019 at 10:58 am

I would hardly call 12 or so people a flock of people. Unless you are of course referring to the sheep variety.

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Atom on Apr 20, 2019 at 10:51 am

And here I thought they were just a whine store!.....

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Joe on Apr 19, 2019 at 10:52 pm

So embarrassing- a new business rushed through the process and not even forced to have wheel chair access upon opening, ya just using the side door doesn't cut it, it's lame. This city council and the made up cannibus board should booted back to the 70's. So embarrassing

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Jordi Mikeli-Jones on Apr 19, 2019 at 8:18 am

In response to Roller's comments, we are pleased to set the record straight. In fact, we have designated a separate entrance and door bell system for our mobility-challenged friends.
Between the hours of 10 am - 5 pm, Monday to Friday, we offer a private entrance with a no-step accedd. One of the management staff will meet clients in the office and go through the express checkout tablet. You may create an order from the express checkout, and then we take payment inside the designated cannabis area.
This is an interim solution until such time as we can afford to install a chair lift. We want to remove barriers for all clients.

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YT Citizen on Apr 18, 2019 at 8:39 pm

To the above post. There is a wheelchair accessible entrance beside the front, until they can pour a new entrance slab for the main entrance . I believe they have a system in place for wheelchair access, give them a ring and they will explain the process to you.

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Nope on Apr 18, 2019 at 5:34 pm

Product selection is too limited and prices are waaaay too high.
I’ll continue to stick with the grey market bud. Close, but no cigar.

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Roller on Apr 18, 2019 at 4:30 pm

No wheel chair access? WTF.
COW needs to get with the times. No commercial business license if your building isn't accessible.

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