Vernon caps downtown cannabis shops at 6 for first year

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Nearly all of Vernon metropolis council has voted to cap the variety of pot retailers within the metropolis’s downtown core at six.

“We had lots of people inform us they don’t wish to see downtown as a hashish dispensary space, store after store,” stated councillor Akbal Mund, who supported the cap.

“We’ve had plenty of residents and enterprise house owners complain about what number of dispensaries we had previously. I feel we had 9 within the downtown space.”

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Downtown Vernon is not any stranger to pot retailers. Earlier than legalization, the mostly-unregulated retailers had been widespread.

Nonetheless, most shut down after legalization and now the town is transferring to keep away from the identical scenario with licensed authorized shops.

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The six-store restrict downtown will final for one 12 months, as soon as all of the retailers are open, after which council will reassess the cap.

Town could also be near hitting that cap.

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4 downtown pot store areas have already obtained metropolis assist and two others are set to come back earlier than council sooner or later.

Nonetheless, all of them nonetheless want the inexperienced mild from the province earlier than they open for enterprise, and that’s not assured.

Whereas some suppose the town goes too far, others wish to see even fewer pot retailers downtown.

Maureen Krause, who owns H.M. Krause Jewellers in downtown Vernon, believes the town ought to restrict the variety of retailers downtown to a few.

“We discovered persons are intimidated by somebody strolling down the road that’s really smoking pot,” stated Krause.

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“Once we first moved in right here, we really had [to]  ask folks to depart the bench [outside our store] the place they had been coming straight out and rolling or attempting to smoke it.”

Civic guidelines already outlaw smoking something, together with a joint, inside six metres of a door.

A proponent of one of many proposed downtown shops wrote to the town to make it clear the store is raring to work with neighbouring companies to attenuate disruption.

All through Vernon the town has, to this point, supported 10 pot store functions. None have but obtained approval from the province.

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