Starting Monday morning, consumers have the option to go to a licensed retail store in Victoria to buy cannabis for recreational use.

Cloud Nine Collective and The Original FARM both announced Sunday they would be opening their doors as Victoria’s first licensed retailers at 9 a.m. Monday. Cloud Nine Collective did a soft launch at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The Original FARM said in a release its downtown location 1402 Douglas Street will be re-opened after the business obtained a provincial license to sell cannabis.

It said products it carries are purchased through the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) from Canadian licensed producers.

Cloud Nine, located at 778 Fort St., said customers need to bring two pieces of government-issued photo ID.

The store was the first in Victoria to receive its municipal business license earlier this month.

North Island Cannabis in Port Hardy, formerly known as Stellar Jay Organics, was the first licensed cannabis retail store to open on Vancouver Island, with conditional approval confirmed in January.

The province announced last Wednesday, the first provincial cannabis stores are expected to open in Courtenay and Port Alberni by the end of the year.

A job fair is being held today in Courtenay to fill staff for a cannabis retail store within the Washington Park Shopping Centre on Ryan Road.

Another job fair is taking place Wednesday in Port Alberni, with a store opening within the Pacific Rim Shopping Centre on Johnston Road.

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