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Abbotsford extends deadline for pot-shop applications

Two-month window had been set to close in early April

Those hoping to open legal cannabis stores in Abbotsford will have a little longer month to get their paperwork into city hall after the city extended the window for applications in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The deadline for applications has now been pushed to early May, after prospective operators told the city they were having difficulties completing all the necessary steps because of restrictions and business issues related to the virus.

Mayor Henry Braun said the deadline could be extended further, depending on how the COVID-19 crisis progresses.

The city had opened a two-month window between early February and early April during which would-be pot-sellers could apply to open a store in Abbotsford. The city will initially limit the number of stores to just four, with council eventually choosing which operators get the go-ahead. That decision will follow evaluations by city staff and input from the public, both online and through a public hearing.

The city has pre-zoned 10 sites – mostly in malls and medium-to-large shopping centres – where cannabis sales will be permitted.

The city had initially intended to see a decision made over the summer on which applications could proceed.

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