(Black Press file photo)

Colwood explores options for retail cannabis sales

Two applications submitted to city to amend Land Use Bylaw to allow retail cannabis shops

Colwood council is looking into what allowing the sale of recreational cannabis in the city could look like.

A report in regards to the review of cannabis land use regulations in the city was submitted to council on April 23.

“We basically gave direction to staff to investigate further what Langford is doing and what other municipalities are doing from a policy standpoint,” said Colwood Mayor Rob Martin.

Currently, the city’s Land Use Bylaw prohibits the distribution, sale or dispensing of cannabis on any premises except for a licensed pharmacy and premises licensed to sell cannabis for medical purposes.

Martin said council is trying to get a policy in place that is fairly consistent with the region.

READ MORE: Second cannabis dispensary earns Langford approval

So far, the City of Langford has approved two non-medical cannabis retail stores to set up shop in the city.

Martin, however, said Colwood wants to take things a little slower and get appropriate policies and procedures in place.

“Council is not in a rush to do things, we want to make sure we do it in a correct way,” Martin said. “Langford’s model is an aggressive model and not one our staff are familiar with.”

Currently, the City of Langford has given out temporary use permits to two stores that will sell recreational cannabis. The permits are issued on a case-by-case basis and permit non-medical cannabis retail sales at a site-specific location for three years. After the three years, the retailer can rezone or cease operations.

Temporary use permits are an option that Colwood is considering, according to the report submitted to council.

The City of Langford has also funded a community liaison officer to work with the community and help educate others about cannabis.

Another option is for Colwood to permit non-medical cannabis retail sales in all or a subset of existing commercial and mixed-use zones.

READ ALSO: Victoria cannabis dispensaries are busy in their first days of legal operation

The city could also maintain the current prohibition of non-medical cannabis retail in all zones and require prospective cannabis retailers to make site-specific applications. The city would be able to assess each application through the rezoning process on a case-by-case process.

Additionally, Colwood council could adopt policies that include guidelines like the minimum distance between cannabis retail stores.

According to the report, “the city has already received two applications to amend the Land Use Bylaw to allow the retail sale of non-medical cannabis at specific commercially zoned locations.”

Martin said the the city will look at the applications at the end of May.

As for Colwood community members, Martin said he has not had anybody contact him who is against retail cannabis sales in the city.

“Most of the comments I’ve received have been about wanting it in the community from a convenience standpoint,” Martin said. “I think the community is going to be open to it.”

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Federal government actions hurt Sooke hatchery fundraising efforts

Funding denial comes on the heels of fishing closures

SD62 student places third in province-wide French competition

12-year-old Sasha Zandieh won third with a speech on poet Pablo Neruda

Island athlete goes from hoop dreams to icy track

Cyrus Gray hopes to punch his ticket to Olympics in bobsleigh

Jesse Roper learns to create fire in the wild, in Sacred Knowledge web series

Ragnarock Studios production shares primitive skills with Islanders

Oak Bay researcher’s Canadian English dictionary goes to print

How an unknown American hobbyist sparked a Canadian dictionary

Police release photos of suspect in daytime sex assault at Vancouver woman’s home

A young woman, in hers 20s, was followed home by the man, before he violently attacked her inside

Raptors beat Bucks 100-94 to advance to franchise’s first-ever NBA Finals

Leonard has 27 points, 17 boards to lead Toronto past Milwaukee

Third person charged in death of B.C. teen Bhavkiran Dhesi

Inderdeep Kaur Deo facing charge of accessory after the fact to murder

Kamloops girl, 9, recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning now out of ICU

Her mother who was sleeping in the same tent with her did not survive

‘I think he’s still alive’: B.C. mom pleads for help finding son last seen a month ago

Family offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Tim Delahaye

New poll suggests one-third don’t want politicians to wear religious symbols

Local politicians shouldn’t be allowed to wear hijabs, crucifixes or turbans on the job, survey suggests

Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

Raptors currently lead the playoff series 3-2, and a win Saturday would vault them into NBA finals

PHOTOS: First responders in Fernie rescue baby owl who fell from nest

The baby owl’s inability to fly back to its nest prompted a rescue by first responders

Five takeaways from the Court of Appeal ruling on B.C.’s pipeline law

It’s unclear how many tools are left in B.C.’s toolbox to fight the project

Most Read