It looks like Hope is getting a second non-medical cannabis retail store after council voted in favour of it during Tuesday’s (Oct. 11) council meeting.
In an unanimous vote, all councillors voted in favour of allowing a cannabis store to be established at 821 6th Avenue, just across from the Kingpin Lounge. This is the second non-medical cannabis store allowed in Hope.
“I’ve talked to quite a few people in the community…and it’s been an overwhelmingly positive experience for me,” said Tyler Kerr, who submitted the application for a licence for the store. “From everything I’ve heard, I’ve only had positive feedback.”
During the public hearing, which took place just before the meeting, a concerned citizen did write in objecting to the store. They worried that having the store so close to both the lounge and a residential area would increase the noise and disturb residents. Kerr, who has experience running a cannabis store, reassured council and the community that he doesn’t anticipate that happening as his customers, for the most part, are not interested in loitering around the store — especially once they’ve made their purchases. Kerr also informed those concerned that the license for the store stipulates that customers are not allowed to loiter and he is responsible/liable if this is not followed.
This is the second cannabis shop to receive a licence after council adopted new regulations and a bylaw change, on May 9, allowing the retail sale of marijuana in Hope.
The next council meeting will be on Oct. 24.