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.
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.