City of Victoria passes new cannabis retail bylaw

City of Victoria passes new cannabis retail bylaw

The bylaw is an update to the city’s previous bylaw, which was instated in 2016

The City of Victoria will pass a new bylaw regarding cannabis retail licensing.

In a committee of the whole meeting on Thursday, City staff presented council with an update to its current Cannabis-Related Business Regulation Bylaw to complement the recently-instated provincial Cannabis Control and Licensing Act.

“The bylaw is no longer current, the bylaw now has sections that duplicate or contradict the Act,” explained Monika Fedyezkowsa, legislative and policy analyst. “A review would reflect the city’s more limited role.”

In the new legalized cannabis system, the province and local governments will work hand-in-hand to approve a cannabis storefront.

ALSO READ: Demand for legalized cannabis in early hours draws lineups, heavy web traffic

First, an applicant will send an application to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB). The LCRB will then turn to local governments to approve proper zoning for the retailer. Once the local government has approved this, they notify the LCRB which then determines if the applicant is “fit and proper” by running security screenings and a financial integrity checks.

It is then the city’s turn to provide any further recommendations to the LCRB before final approval.

This was the point that was up for discussion at the committee of the whole meeting; what steps would be taken to make further recommendations to the LCRB.

ALSO READ: Caregivers banned from smoking, growing cannabis around children-in-care

Two options were explored: the first would notify owners and occupants within 100 metres of the proposed site, as well as call for a $750 processing fee.

The second option was similar, with the additional option of having more opportunity for public comment.

After some discussion, council went for the first option.

“I think it would be confusing if we had an opportunity for public comment on this because we’d already have had an option for public comment through the rezoning process,” Mayor Lisa Helps said. ” I’m comfortable with this, and want to see it was moved forward.”

So far the LCRB has referred seven business applications to the City, all of which already have proper retail zoning.

The bylaw will be adopted at the Nov. 22 city council meeting.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Send a Tweet: @NicoleCrescenzi

Like us on Facebook  

cannabisCity of VictoriaLegalized Marijuana

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Students from SD62 stepped up to help members in the community with the annual 10,000 Tonight food drive. This year’s organizers had to adapt during the campaign as COIVD-19 public health orders changed. (Black Press Media file photo)
West Shore students step up to make sure community members don’t go without

Students of SD62 are this year’s recipient of the Youth Volunteer Award

A cat died in this house fire in Sidney afternoon. The fire started on the house’s deck and spread from that point. Sidney Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brett Mikkelsen said the permanent presence of crews at the Community Safety Building prevented worse damage. (Photo courtesy of Clayton Firth)
Sidney house fire kills cat, causes extensive damage

Official says fire started on deck and damage to the house could have been worse

Millstream Village is welcoming a new Marshalls location March 9. (Photo courtesy GWL Realty Advisors)
New Marshalls store in Langford brings boost to women in need

Retailer will hold opening ceremony in Millstream Village March 9

Abstract Developments is donating $75,000 to support community programming at The Cridge Centre for the Family. (Courtesy of The Cridge Centre)
Victoria developer builds support for community programs

Abstract Developments donates $75,000 to The Cridge Centre for the Family

SD 62 (Sooke) has announced a COVID-19 exposure at David Cameron Elementary in Colwood. Potential exposure dates are Monday, Feb. 22; Tuesday, Feb. 23; and Wednesday, Feb. 24. (Black Press Media File).
COVID-19 exposure at Colwood’s David Cameron Elementary

Potential exposure dates are Monday, Feb. 22; Tuesday, Feb. 23; and Wednesday, Feb. 24.

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, start with the vaccination of police officers in internal police vaccination centers. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
B.C. officials to unveil new details of COVID vaccination plan Monday

Seniors and health-care workers who haven’t gotten their shot are next on the list

A boat caught fire in Ladysmith Harbour on Saturday morning. (Photo submitted)
Search underway for missing woman after boat catches fire in Ladysmith harbour

A large boat caught fire on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 27

Lone orca from a pod that made its way north from Georgia Strait and into Discovery Passage on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. Photo by Ella Smiley/<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Comoxvalleywildlifesightings/?ref=page_internal" target="_blank">Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings </a>
Island wildlife viewers thrilled by close view of passing Orca pod

Group gives wildlife photographers a classic opportunity to view them off Campbell River shoreline

An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed by Tofino RCMP in Opitsaht. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man shot and killed by RCMP near Tofino, police watchdog investigating

Investigation underway by Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia.

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday December 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s compromise on in-person worship at three churches called ‘absolutely unacceptable’

Would allow outdoor services of 25 or less by Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack churches

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
Jasmine and Gwen Donaldson are part of the CAT team working to reduce stigma for marginalized groups in Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Jasmine’s story: Stigma can be the hardest hurdle for those overcoming addiction

Recovering B.C. addict says welcome, connection and community key for rebuilding after drug habit

A Vancouver restaurant owner was found guilty of violating B.C.’s Human Rights Code by discriminating against customers on the basis of their race. (Pixabay)
Vancouver restaurant owner ordered to pay $4,000 to customers after racist remark

Referring to patrons as ‘you Arabs’ constitutes discrimination under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, ruling deems

Most Read