South Peace is going to pot

South Peace municipalities have been busy with the legalization of recreational marijuana. While no retail stores have opened yet, municipalities have been assessing and giving the go-ahead to prospective dope applications.

A “positive recommendation” by local governments are required by the province for retail store applicants.

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In Dawson Creek, council has given their blessings to two applicants — Starbuds to be located on 8th St, and Clarity Cannabis to be located on Alaska Avenue.

As well, the City has recently given notice that a third application — Northern Cannabis proposed on 10th Street — will see council, and ask that any written comments by residents affected be received by December 7 at 4:30 pm.

DC council also gave first two readings to a policy for cannabis and liquor licence applications — staff say applications currently received are being processed according to the draft policy. Residents have until December 27 at 4:30 pm to submit comments.

Pouce Coupe gave their thumbs up right after legalization to an application by Deklla Developments Ltd. for a location Highway 2.

In Tumbler Ridge, council gave approval to Christine VanDeBurgt, owner of KC’s Dollar Store with husband Kees, for a proposal for a store to be located on Iles Way at the November 5 meeting. (Council had previously given their blessing in the summer, but were required to hold a public consultation as part of the requirements.)

In BC, just one private non-medical cannabis retail licence has been granted, in Kimberley. However, three have been approved in principle — the applicant is eligible, has met the requirements, and has local government approval — requiring a final inspection. Pouce Coupe CAO Chris Leggett notes the Pouce application has been approved in principle.

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