The BC Liquor Distribution Branch hopes to have the first government-operated non-medical cannabis retail store opened by late summer, and has even started exploring options for online sales. This comes after the provincial government made the announcement that British Columbians will be able to buy non-medical cannabis from both privately run and government-operated retail stores. In a statement, BC Liquor Distribution Branch General Manager and CEO Blain Lawson said that building a retail network of standalone public stores will not happen overnight, as operations and a distribution system will need to be put in place for when the federal government is expected to legalize cannabis later this year. The Liquor Distribution Branch will be the sole wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis for the province, and will also provide online sales in addition to the standalone, public retail stores it will operate. For more information, visit the LDB Cannabis website (http://www.bcldbcannabisupdates.com) or the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch website (https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/business/liquor-regulation-licensing/cannabis-regulation).