The City of Quesnel has moved a single step closer to limiting the quantity of retail cannabis shops permitted to 5.

City council held a public hearing relating to the zoning amendment bylaw to location a limit on the quantity of shops Tuesday, Oct. 22 and then gave the bylaw third reading later that evening. The City did not get any public written submissions about the proposed alter, and no one spoke at the public hearing.

Presently, 5 retail cannabis shops have been authorized in Quesnel, and this zoning amendment bylaw — which could be revisited at any time — will hold that quantity at 5.

“All 5 cannabis retail shops are now in constructing permit evaluation or are beneath building or just completed, as we have noticed with our Cariboo Cannabis on McLean Street,” Tanya Turner, the City’s director of improvement solutions, told council. “All shops, as effectively, have received approval in principle from the Province.”

The 5 cannabis retail shops in the city include things like 4 private shops — Cariboo Cannabis on McLean Street, which is now open Canna Northwest Enterprises on Rita Road, which has a constructing permit beneath evaluation Flora Cannabis on Chew Road, which has a constructing permit beneath evaluation and HIVE Cannabis Inc. on St. Laurent Avenue, which has a constructing permit beneath evaluation. A government shop has also been authorized in the West Park Mall, and this store’s constructing permit has been authorized, and it is beneath building.

Council started discussing a probable moratorium on the quantity of shops in late August. Council gave initially and second reading to the bylaw that permits no much more than 5 retail cannabis sales enterprises in the city Sept. 17. The bylaw will nonetheless need to have to be adopted.

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