Sparwood could see that it is the first non-medical cannabis business in the district, depending on how the community feels about it.

Elk Valley Cannabis has applied for a license for a non-medical cannabis retail store in downtown Sparwood at 127 Centennial Square.

At the last council meeting, the district councils voted to issue a recommendation on whether the company should be allowed to operate by the Department of Alcohol and Cannabis Regulation (LCRB) after discussing the best way forward. A non-medical retail cannabis store license cannot be issued without input from the municipality.

Mayor David Wilks led the early debate among city councils by pointing out that cannabis was legal in Canada. “So it’s not about anything other than“ Is this suitable for a place somewhere? “- because it’s legal (and) no different than a liquor store.”

City councils decided to open the public consultation to written filings and a public hearing, with councilors Jason Christenen and Brad Bowen expressing their preference for a more open process given the proximity of the proposed business to a downtown daycare center.

According to the motion, if approved, the business would be located between a salon, Sparwood Food Bank and a childcare facility. The entrance to the proposed business is on the other side of the building than the entrance to the daycare center.

After some discussion of what the council wanted to achieve by opening the consultation to the entire city, not just nearby businesses and residents, Coun advised. Christensen said he didn’t want to be confused with anti-business.

“It’s not a personal choice here, it’s best for the city.”

The district will make a recommendation to the LCRB on whether to allow the license to operate after the public hearing the district announced on Tuesday, February 16 at 6:00 p.m. Written submissions must be received by noon on February 16.

Neighboring Fernie has three cannabis stores, the first of which opened in 2019.

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scott.tibballs@thefreepress.ca
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