MAP: See where Abbotsford’s pot shops might be located

Just four pot stores should be allowed to open at first, Abbotsford city staff say

Only four legal marijuana stores will be allowed to operate in Abbotsford and they won’t be opening for months if council go along with proposed rules drafted by staff.

City of Abbotsford staff have put together a draft of rules that will lay out how legal pot stores can operate. They have also found 13 potential sites that could be “pre-zoned” to allow such stores.

Staff’s recommendations, which will be presented to council on Monday, is included in the agenda for that meeting.

Staff are proposing the city adopt a policy that would allow four stores to operate at sites spread across the city – rather than concentrated in a single area. The 13 potential sites are generally strip malls and shopping centres. Staff write that the initial cap on pot stores reflected a “measured” and “gradual” approach. Their report does not suggest when the number of stores might be increased.

Before the rules are voted on by council, staff would present to the public for comment and review through open houses and online surveys.

Applications to operate a shop would be reviewed at the same time, rather than on a case-by-case, or first-come-first serve basis

“The benefit of this approach is that Council is able to evaluate and compare the applications, and make a decision on preferred stores for the entire city,” staff write in the report.

The final policy and approval of sites wouldn’t take place until the fall. Would-be store operators would only get to apply after that step, meaning no legal pot stores are likely to be in operation until winter – at the earliest.

RELATED: Proposed marijuana retail rules coming to Abbotsford council soon

RELATED: Marijuana stores should be legal, Abbotsford residents tell council

RELATED: Cannabis enforcement unit now checking unlicensed B.C. pot stores


@ty_olsen
tolsen@abbynews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Abbotsford Police ‘speed watchers’ are tops in province

Volunteers record highest increase in patrol hours in ICBC challenge

UPDATE: Abbotsford woman reported missing from Chilliwack has been found

Alexis Neill, 26, located safe and sound, police say

Event supports women’s centre that is at risk of having to move

Abbotsford women’s recovery program holds annual Victory Walk

Son of slain former Hells Angel is one of two men sentenced for crime spree

Pair’s 2017 series of robberies included convenience store in Abbotsford

The Offspring and Sum 41 announce show in Abbotsford

Bands play Abbotsford Centre on Nov. 30 as part of Canadian leg of current tour

VIDEO: Could we BE any more excited? ‘Friends’ fans go crazy for merch

Movie theatres will show select episodes to mark the NBC series’ 25th anniversary

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

VIDEO: Organization’s stolen wheelchair van recovered on backroad near Hope

Wheelchair accessible van is only transportation for some people in Hope area

Officials say 50 Oppenheimer Park residents have agreed to leave, as deadline looms

Residents have been told they must be gone by 6 p.m. on Aug. 21

Five hedgehogs quickly adopted after being left at BC SPCA

Lucky new owners picked up their pets from Maple Ridge branch on Aug. 20

B.C. cricket players get interrupted by racist remark

Community has had protocols in place for years to respond to prejudice

Groovy B.C. wedding a throwback to Woodstock ‘69

Couple hosts themed wedding 50 years after legendary festival

‘Do the right thing,’ implores sister of South Surrey stabbing victim

IHIT confirms male arrested in connection with Paul Prestbakmo’s death no longer in custody

Most Read