Article by Karl Yu, Nanaimo News Bulletin
Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay was hoping to introduce a motion to city council Monday that limits proximity of marijuana dispensaries to minors.
McKay planned to direct staff to draft a bylaw prohibiting marijuana dispensaries from being situated within 500 metres of any facility where people under 19 years old gather, such as parks, childcare centres, schools and recreation centres.
Melissa Burke, owner of Kidz Kompany Childcare Group, is concerned a dispensary could be opening next to her Terminal Avenue location. While there are legitimate reasons for medicinal marijuana, some are accessing dispensaries illegitimately, Burke said.
“Regardless if whether that’s going to be a dispensary or not, my problem is that, as a business owner and a child-care provider, because the City of Nanaimo does not currently have any bylaws in place for dispensaries, there’s nothing to say that they couldn’t open next door to me at any of my locations.
“The frustrating thing is, whether it’s legal or not, you can’t have dispensaries next to child care. You can’t have drugs next to kids,” said Burke.