Council faces decision on whether to allow pot stores in Abbotsford

Province will let municipalities decide if they will issue licences to marijuana sellers

It will be up to Abbotsford council to decide if, and where, marijuana might be allowed to be sold in the city. But Mayor Henry Braun says he will wait until council gathers to discuss the topic to reveal how he’d like to see Abbotsford deal with legal pot.

Last week, the province revealed its plans for regulating legal marijuana sales after the federal government introduces legislation this summer. Those rules will allow municipalities to be able to refuse to grant business licences to marijuana stores, or set rules for where they will be able to operate.

Braun said he’ll wait for council to gather before opining on the subject.

“It wouldn’t be good for me to voice my personal opinions before council as a whole has a chance to discuss this,” he told The News. “We’ll be doing that in public so everyone will get to hear who said what.”

Braun expected such a discussion to quickly follow on the heels of the introduction of legislation. That was originally expected to take place in early July, although the federal government has since suggested it may take longer.

“We’re not going to stall or drag our heels,” Braun said. October’s municipal election does, however, mean that if the legislation is delayed into the fall, the current council may not have time to deal with the issue.

“I’m not sure when it comes down to it, whether or not we will change our zoning bylaw to make room for this.”

Just Posted

Mount Vernon defeats Burnaby South in Snowball final

Knights down Rebels 95-77 to earn 2019 championship, Abbotsford’s Mouat Hawks finish third

Vancouver Motorcycle Show underway at Abbotsford’s Tradex

Event runs until 8 p.m. Saturday, and opens one last day tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City’s parks still need repairs after windstorm

Repairs still needed in several Abbotsford parks after wind felled trees

Snowball Classic finals set

Mount Vernon, Burnaby South to square off at Abbotsford Senior on Saturday night

Man, 24, charged with nine sexual offences in Abbotsford and Mission

Alleged victim, who he met online, is under the age of 16

VIDEO: Students in MAGA hats mock Native American at Indigenous Peoples March

Diocese in Kentucky says it is investigating the matter, caught on video by onlookers

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Want to avoid the speculation tax on your vacant home? Rent it out, Horgan says

Premier John Horgan and Sheila Malcolmson say speculation and vacancy tax addresses homelessness

UPDATE: B.C. woman and boy, 6, found safe, RCMP confirm

Roseanne Supernault says both she and her six-year-old nephew are fine and she has contacted police

PHOTOS: Women’s Marches take to the streets across B.C. and beyond

Women and allies marched worldwide protesting violence against women, calling for equality

VIDEO: Giants wrap southern swing with 6-4 win in Spokane

The Lower Mainland-based hockey team defeated the Chiefs Friday night.

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Federal Liberals announce former B.C. MLA as new candidate in byelection

Richard Lee will face off against federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

Most Read