City of Powell River Council recommends private cannabis store approval

New store meets all regulatory requirements

City of Powell River Council is recommending an application for a privately owned cannabis retail store be approved by the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.

At the March 5 council meeting, council’s recommendation was that having considered the general impact on the community of what it refers to as cannabis retail store 4, located at 7-7030 Alberni Street, and having provided an opportunity to hear public input via a public hearing on February 20, 2020, it was recommending the approval of the non-medical cannabis retail store licence.

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According to a staff report, the applicant is Bogart Cannabis Investments Ltd. The applicant, Kelly Rankin, is local to Powell River, the report states. He has signed a service agreement with Meta West Coast Ltd., which currently operates 34 cannabis retail stores across Canada, according to the report.

The property, in the strip mall that houses the Scotiabank, meets all requirements, such as being at least 150 metres from other cannabis retail stores, public playgrounds, schools and recreation centres.

Rankin has also passed the fit and proper check, which involves security screening and a financial integrity check, with the intent to keep organized crime out of the legal cannabis industry, according to the staff report.

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