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Update: June 18th Cannabis Bylaws

Update: June 18th Cannabis Bylaws

On Monday night Council had an eventful meeting… The big business of the night was cannabis. 12 delegations presented their views. It was a diverse group which included potential retailers and producers, citizens supportive to a liberal approach to legalization, citizens asking for a cautious approach, and citizens adamantly opposed to legalization. Then Council got into bylaw debate- all four bylaws before us were passed.

Update: May 22 Cannabis Debate

Update: May 22 Cannabis Debate

On Tuesday, Council had a long and lively debate about cannabis. If you care to watch it, the video is posted here. While I was disappointed in a few vote outcomes, I appreciated the thought and discussion that went into each of them them.

The most notable changes Council discussed:

  • The Retail Overlay map was deleted.

  • Cannabis Retail Stores added as Discretionary Use in Commercial Districts. Approval for each location requires public advertisement, and the assent of Council's Infrastructure & Protective Services Committee.

  • A maximum of 10 Cannabis Retail Stores allowed in the first year of legalization

  • Reduction of the business license fee for Cannabis Retail Locations from $5000 to $2500.

  • Separation distances between some community facilities and where consumption is allowed increased from 10m to 30m. [this final change was passed and will not be debated further on June 18]