Article by Kelly Mckay, Infotel
A process to develop temporary use licenses for cannabis dispensaries will not be pursued by the City of Kamloops.
At today’s meeting, city councillors debated whether or not they should decline the opportunity to pursue a temporary use permit process for existing illegal cannabis dispensaries. The motion passed by a vote of seven to two. Couns. Dennis Walsh and Donovan Cavers were opposed, favouring a process to develop temporary use permits for dispensaries.
Coun. Tina Lange says that illegal dispensaries created their own problems by choosing to sell a product that isn’t sanctioned or legal.
“They decided to take that gamble,” she said. “That’s not the fault of city staff, or the mayor and council. I don’t think we, as council, should be trying to fix that for them by putting in these temporary use permits.”
Mayor Ken Christian is laying blame at the federal government, past and current, for their handling of the medical marijuana legalization and the retail marijuana legalization. He said the City is left to pick up the pieces. Christian also wants the provincial government to take action.
“I urge and implore the provincial government to forget about Airbnb, forget about Uber and deal with the retail marijuana situation in British Columbia,” Christian said.
With the uncertain timeline of when the legalization of cannabis will come into effect, some councillors said that the time has passed for temporary use permits to be effective.