The District of West Vancouver has received five cannabis retail store applications.
The proposed locations are: 1453 Bellevue Avenue, and 1528 Marine Drive in Ambleside; 6609 Royal Avenue and 6412 Bay Street in Horseshoe Bay; and 2433 Bellevue Avenue in Dundarave.
Non-medical cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2018, and stores have opened across the Lower Mainland.
However, the District of West Vancouver has not yet permitted cannabis stores in the community.
From March 29 to April 12, staff asked the public to comment on a draft interim policy that would create a framework for store approvals.
Although the district has received five applications, the policy provides for four in all of West Vancouver.
At a recent meeting, council directed staff to bring forward all cannabis retail applications received by June 30 for consideration.
If approved, the stores must have a minimum 100-metre separation distance from elementary and secondary schools, and require a maximum 8-metre frontage, and must follow other rules set by the municipality.
Even though council can decide to allow stores, it is the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) that issues licences for cannabis stores.
The branch also enforces regulations and investigates complaints, and enforces compliance.
Council also gave first, second and third reading for an annual $5,000 cannabis business licence fee.
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