The City of Quesnel has moved one step closer to limiting the number of retail cannabis stores allowed to five.
City council held a public hearing regarding the zoning amendment bylaw to place a limit on the number of stores Tuesday, Oct. 22 and then gave the bylaw third reading later that night. The City did not receive any public written submissions about the proposed change, and nobody spoke at the public hearing.
Currently, five retail cannabis stores have been approved in Quesnel, and this zoning amendment bylaw — which could be revisited at any time — will keep that number at five.
“All five cannabis retail stores are now in building permit review or are under construction or just finished, as we have seen with our Cariboo Cannabis on McLean Street,” Tanya Turner, the City’s director of development services, told council. “All stores, as well, have received approval in principle from the Province.”
The five cannabis retail stores in the city include four private stores — Cariboo Cannabis on McLean Street, which is now open; Canna Northwest Enterprises on Rita Road, which has a building permit under review; Flora Cannabis on Chew Road, which has a building permit under review; and HIVE Cannabis Inc. on St. Laurent Avenue, which has a building permit under review. A government store has also been approved in the West Park Mall, and this store’s building permit has been approved, and it is under construction.
Council began discussing a possible moratorium on the number of stores in late August. Council gave first and second reading to the bylaw that permits no more than five retail cannabis sales businesses in the city Sept. 17. The bylaw will still need to be adopted.