Following Tuesday's council meeting, Kamloops likely to have five cannabis stores approved

With one government store now open, council has already approved two private outlets. On Tuesday, council will consider two more government applications for downtown and the North Shore

North Kamloops could get a third recreational cannabis store if city council rubber stamps a government store licence on Tuesday.

The application is part of a pair of BC Cannabis Stores applications to hit council chambers on Tuesday, with the other proposed in the Lansdowne Village Shopping Centre downtown.

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If approved, it would be the first legal cannabis store set to open in downtown Kamloops.

The applications provide additional details about the stores planned for the Tournament Capital, with the proposed hours for the two stores the same as the government store in Sahali that opened on legalization day, Oct. 17, in Columbia Place Shopping Centre.

The proposed hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

The proposed North Kamloops location for the government store, on the back side of Northills Shopping Centre, is situated between two private cannabis stores already approved by council — one in the Fortune Shopping Centre and one in the 300-block of Tranquille Road.

As of Nov. 15, the city had received one letter supporting the Northills application and no letters of opposition. The other government cannabis store, proposed for Lansdowne Village, has received opposition from a nearby tenant.

Dr. Brian Pasula, medical director of Kinetic Energy and Healthcare Centre, which is also located in the downtown strip mall, said the multi-disciplinary centre has been at that location and offering services such as physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage and personal training for about four years.

In his letter, Pasula said the proposed cannabis shop would be “30 paces” from the centre’s front door, a cause for “significant concerns” and potential adverse impacts on the business.

“The location is set for an area of Lansdowne Village which has been wrought with difficulties,” Pasula said in the letter. “It’s an area which is tucked in under cover and partly out of sight in the mall. We experience on a weekly basis drug deals, drug use, including smoking and injecting, and homelessness.”

The city is recommending council approve both applications. In order to obtain a licence, cannabis retailers are required to sign good neighbour agreements, which include agreements by the operators to manage the property, including smoking outside the premises.

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