Council rejects proposed cannabis store downtown

A proposal for a cannabis shop on George Street ran into a roadblock at city council on Monday.

In a rare four-four tie vote, city council defeated a temporary use permit for a recreational cannabis store proposed by Epik Products Inc. at 356 George St. The city had received 20 letters from local businesses and the public opposing the proposed store, as well as 13 letters of support from nearby businesses.

In his report to council, city general manager of planning and development Ian Wells recommended council reject the application because of proximity to social service providers and another retail cannabis store.

“Overall, we’re concerned about the proliferation of retail cannabis stores in the downtown,” Wells said.

Councillors Garth Frizzell, Terri McConnachie, Kyle Sampson and Brian Skakun supported the proposal, while Mayor Lyn Hall and councillors Cori Ramsay, Frank Everitt and Susan Scott opposed development of another cannabis store downtown. Tied votes are…

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