Article by Jeff Lawrence, CTV Vancouver Island
A battle is brewing in Nanaimo where a marijuana dispensary without a business licence appears to have set up shop next door to a day care.
Parents dropping their toddlers off at Kidz Kompany, a child care centre on Terminal Avenue, said they were shocked to see signs go up for “Leaf Labs” on Wednesday, just 25 feet from the day care’s entrance.
“I took notice that there was some signage up and there was a certain scent in the air, and that’s how I found out,” said Stephanie Mielty, who takes her two-year-old son Gabriel to Kidz Kompany three days a week. “I was appalled that the City of Nanaimo allowed this to go through.”
Mielty said she also saw a man in a vehicle rolling a joint while smoking one just steps away from where her child goes to learn and play.
“I think they let this one really slip through the cracks,” she said.
While Nanaimo city staff told CTV News they have been getting numerous complaints about Leaf Labs, they confirmed the city has not issued a licence to the business.
“The city has been made aware of it by some of the occupants of the day care as well as some of the people who are on the strata,” said Nelda Richardson, the city’s business licensing manager. “We’re looking into it. We certainly haven’t issued any business licences nor have we received any applications.”