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The First and Only Locally Owned Cannabis Store Opens in Burns Lake Run by Local Women with First Nations Partnership

For Immediate Release
Press Release
January 6, 2022

Burns Lake, BC: Crossroads Cannabis announces its doors have opened to the public in time for 2022. Locally owned by the Sam and Swenson families, both of whom have deep roots in Burns Lake and surrounding communities.

Crossroads Cannabis is led by Kim Sam and Corrine Swenson, both of whom grew up in Burns Lake and want to provide a welcoming experience for all their customers. As women, they want to ensure everyone feels comfortable shopping at Crossroads Cannabis. With the legalization of Cannabis, the culture is becoming mainstream with quality products and tasteful accessories, both of which will be available in-store at Crossroads Cannabis.

Though cannabis was legalized in late 2018, they understand how some may still feel unsure entering their store, which is why customers will be greeted by familiar and friendly faces of local staff called Budtenders, who are waiting to answer questions, guide customers through their options, and provide an intimate shopping experience. Their website enables customers to order their products for either pick-up, curbside pick-up, or delivery (coming soon).

Many who have frequented the Subway in Burns Lake will recognize the friendly face of Cassie Sam who is stepping up to manage the day-to-day operations of the store. She is looking forward to helping to create the vision the families have for the business.

kimCoriCorrine Swenson, Managing Partner said,

“We are proud to open our store in our hometown and provide quality service and products. We grew up here. Both families want to continue to support the community and give back as both business owners and long-time residents of Burns Lake.”

Kim Sam, Managing Partner said,

“The Sam family are excited to open another First Nation, locally owned business in our community. Our hope is to create a place where everyone can feel welcome, feel comfortable exploring our menus, and are excited to speak to the Crossroads team about the products available. “

The Swenson and Sam Families are Local Business Owners

Corrine Swenson spent 10 years with the Regional District of Bulkley- Nechako as Manager of Regional Economic Development, which gives her a unique insight into what the area and its residents need from business to support the community. Josh Swenson, co-owner, has been operating businesses in Burns Lake since 2001 with the opening of a successful IT business and more recently started a new business with Corrine, Elevate Business Technologies.

Kim Sam is co-owner of the local Subway for over a decade. Kim also has two decades of experience working with Burns Lake Band as the Finance Manager. Her experience in finance and within both the local business community and with the local First Nations brings a unique insight and a proven track record of success.

Both Managing Partners, Corrine and Kim, have experience in the Cannabis industry providing them with the necessary knowledge to succeed in this venture. Both women understand that there is always much to learn about a new industry and meeting the needs of their customers and are up for the challenge! They look forward to serving Burns Lake and the surrounding communities.

This family-owned and operated business is ready to welcome customers of legal age to their store at the crossroads of Hwy 16 and 35, 166 Highway 16. The hours of operation are seven days a week, 10 am- 11 pm.

For more information or to place your order online for curbside pick up visit their website at or call them at 250-692-3512.

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FAQ If you have more questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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What is the legal age to purchase and consume cannabis?
In British Columbia, the legal minimum age to purchase and use cannabis is 19. It is illegal to purchase cannabis for anyone under the age of 19. 
In Canada, the legal age to buy and consume cannabis varies from province to province. 18+ Alberta & Quebec, 19+ all other provinces & territories.

What ID  is needed to enter your store and purchase cannabis?
We require two forms of ID  - one government-issued, photo ID and a secondary ID with your name and signature and/or picture on it. Team Crossroads appreciates your understanding and kindness when checking ID. Following the regulations ensures we remain open to serve you. :)

Can I bring my underage child into BC Cannabis Stores?
No, unlike BC Liquor Stores, you may not bring anyone under the age of 19 into provincially licensed cannabis stores.

What role does the BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch play in the sale of cannabis?
The LCRB is the sole, wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis for the province. All licensed cannabis retail stores must purchase their cannabis and cannabis products directly through the LCRB. 

Where/how can I buy cannabis? 
Municipalities in BC control whether or not cannabis stores can open in their jurisdiction. The only legal place to buy cannabis is from a licensed cannabis store or government cannabis store.
You can buy cannabis from Crossroads Cannabis in store from one of our knowledgeable, friendly Budtenders  or by using our Click and Collect system - use one of our tablets to browse the products and make your selection, then pay for and collect your order at the front counter. 
Alternatively, you can order and securely pay online for instore or curbside pickup. 

Delivery will be coming soon!

I am a licensed medical cannabis user. Can I buy my cannabis at Crossroads Cannabis?
Yes, however it will not carry with it the exemptions from rules around possession, use, etc. that cannabis purchased from a licensed producer under a medical authorization would.

What forms of payment do you accept?
In store we accept Debit, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and of course Cash. For online orders we accept Visa, MasterCard,and American Express.

How much cannabis can I purchase in one transaction?
You may purchase up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or the equivalent in edibles, oils, capsules, or seeds.  We understand this may be frustrating for some consumers and ask for your cooperation when purchasing from our Crossroads team members.  Our point of sale system does the calculation automatically both online and in person so no need to worry, our Budtenders will let you know if you come close to the limit.  

What is the equivalency for products other than dried cannabis?
The 30 gram possession limit in the Cannabis Act are based on dried cannabis. Equivalents were developed for other cannabis products to identify what their possession limit would be. 

One (1) gram of dried cannabis is equivalent to:

  • 5 grams of fresh cannabis
  • 15 grams of edible product
  • 70 grams of liquid product (such as tinctures)
  • 0.25 grams of concentrates (liquid OR solid)
  • 1 cannabis seed

How much can individuals possess?
According to the Federal Cannabis Act, an individual may possess, in a public place, cannabis of one or more classes (dried flower, pre-rolls, oils, capsules, seeds) equivalent to 30 g of dried cannabis. There is a possession limit of 1000 g or equivalent in a private place.

Can I travel with cannabis I buy at Crossroads Cannabis?
You may travel within the province of BC with a maximum of 30 grams of dried cannabis or the equivalent in oils, capsules or seeds, however you may not use any cannabis products in any vehicles, whether they are moving or parked. It’s illegal to transport cannabis across the Canadian border. Cannabis laws are different between provinces and territories. This includes legal age, where you can smoke, use, and buy cannabis. Make sure to learn the laws before you travel.

Never transport cannabis over international borders.

What is the product return policy?

According to provincial regulation around cannabis sales, all cannabis purchases are considered final sales, except when the product is damaged/defective (expired, mouldy, or damaged in transit) or recalled. 
With the exception of recalls, returns must be requested within seven (7) days of the purchase date with the product, your receipt and the original product packaging. A refund will be made to the original method of payment.  
If the BCLDB offers a recall for a product you have recently purchased at Crossroads Cannabis, you can return any unused products to the store.

For purchases at Crossroads Cannabis, Accessory returns will be accepted within 7 days of purchase with your receipt. The product must be in its original packaging. Refunds will be in the form of store credit. 
Some Accessories may have a warranty with the manufacturer. We recommend you hang on to your receipt and email them or contact them through their website/social media to determine the next steps. There are no warranties for glass products.

If there are any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at to let us know your thoughts on the product.

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