Article by Bill Metcalfe, Nelson Star
Nelson council voted to award business licenses to five pot dispensaries on Monday.
All six of the dispensaries currently operating submitted applications as well as a new business, Medical Mary Jane, which plans to move into Nelson Commons.
The application by Canna Clinic was turned down, according to city planner Pam Mierau, because the owners submitted their application on April 19, well past the March 31 deadline, and even then the business was lacking in some of the requirements under Nelson’s bylaw — for instance, they had no security plan, unmet signage requirements, and no proper filtration system.
The other unsuccessful applicant was the Nelson Cannabis Compassion Club, which has been operating in Nelson for 18 years.
“They did not comply with signage requirements, there no security plan and fire alarm, and they only have one employee,” Cormack said.
Nelson’s bylaw, passed on March 6, contains specific requirements including a $5000 business licence (which none of the dispensaries has paid yet), a maximum of six dispensaries in the city, rules regarding signage, a security system including alarms and video surveillance, a minimum of two employees on site at all times, an air filtration system, and no windows blocked by translucent material.
Three of the applicants — Green Room Society, Nelson Potorium, and Medical Mary Jane — met all the requirements. Two others — Kootenays Medicine Tree and Leaf Cross Health Society — were non-compliant in some minor ways which the owners have agreed to fix in the near future as a condition of licensing.
Nelson’s bylaw enforcement officers, building inspector, and fire department each visited each premised to make these determinations.
The city accepted the application by Medical Mary Jane provisionally, based on a plan the business presented to council, even though it has not moved into its premises.