COURTENAY, B.C- After being raided by police twice in 2017, a marijuana-based business will be open tomorrow.

According to Kyle Cheyne, the owner of the Leaf Compassion storefront along 4th Street, the site will be open on October 17th.

Cheyne told no cannabis will be getting sold, but he did indicate there will be a giveaway going on.

He also said that the storefront signage had been changed last week to a “cannabis resource centre”, and indicated that the Courtenay operation still does not have a business license for cannabis sales.

“We only have a licence in Port Alberni where the municipality has been proactive in licensing years ago,” said Cheyne, in a written statement.

“There’s no locations left. There all spoken for (within the regulations) I believe all operating ones are applying. Everywhere else we are in the slow process.”

The Courtenay branch’s Facebook page also had a statement from early September that stated they had applied to the province for a retail license for recreational cannabis.

They hope to be licensed by the city government in the middle of 2019.