Town staff recommend two cannabis shops

Town staff recommend two cannabis shops

On Monday, Town council will decide to support or reject two retail cannabis stores on Main Street. Shown here is the proposed location for Bluewater Cannabis. (Photo contributed)
This is the proposed location for the BC Cannabis Store in Southwinds Shopping Centre. Town council will decide on Monday whether to endorse or reject the application. (Photo contributed)

Town staff are recommending that council support two proposed cannabis stores on Main Street.

On Monday, council will review the recommendation relating to Bluewater Cannabis (6341 Main Street) and BC Cannabis (225-5717 Main Street).

Director of Development Services Randy Houle said the Town has received three applications for cannabis dispensaries, including Bluewater (next to Pharmasave), BC Cannabis (next to Bosley’s in Southwinds Shopping Centre), and Higher Path (5859 Main Street, the former Oliver Rental Centre).

Both Bluewater and BC Cannabis have completed the public notification process, while Higher Path is expected to complete the process by the end of September.

Houle said two other stores are undergoing a “fit and proper” assessment by the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch. These are Interior Cannabis (6234 Main Street) and Tumble Weedz at 6276 Main Street.

Houle noted that a sixth store (Cannabis Corner at 5717 Main Street) has withdrawn its application to the branch.

Prior to the branch issuing a licence, a positive recommendation is required from the Town of Oliver.

Houle said a letter of support with 41 signatures was submitted for Bluewater Cannabis. A total of four feedback forms were submitted, two in support and two against the proposed location. The reasons for not supporting the application were that nearby residential units could be negatively impacted and that a cannabis store is an “unappealing and unattractive look for Main Street.”

No letters of support or against were submitted for BC Cannabis.

Houle said Bluewater Cannabis will employ four to six people, with tentative store hours being 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

BC Cannabis will employ approximately six to 12 people. Wages will start at $21 per hour with benefits and pension plan. Tentative store hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.