Kamloops council on Tuesday approved one cannabis store application and denied another in downtown Kamloops.
An application for a store at 231 Fourth Ave. was approved unanimously.
Coun. Denis Walsh declared a conflict of interest and Coun. Arjun Singh was absent, due to obligations as president of the Union of BC Municipalities.
Meanwhile, an application for a variance at 234 Victoria St. that would have paved way for a store in that location was denied. The variance requested permission to open, despite being 94 metres from the closest location already approved. The city’s zoning bylaw requires cannabis stores to be at least 100 metres away to avoid clustering. Applications are being processed on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The city has so far approved 14 retail cannabis licences — three government-run stores and 11 privately owned operations.
As of Feb. 27, only one store is open in Kamloops — the government-run BC Cannabis Store in Columbia Place Shopping Centre in Sahali.