Article by Andrew Kurjata, CBC News
Prince Rupert’s mayor and council are hoping to ban all marijuana shops from the city until January 1, 2018.
“This gives us the opportunity to take our time, research what other communities are doing, figure out what the rules are going to be federally,” Mayor Lee Brain told CBC Daybreak North host Carolina de Ryk.
“And once it becomes legalized, then we’ll be able to make rules around that.”
The proposed bylaw would explicitly prevent any business from the commercial production, distribution or sale of marijuana within city limits.
According to a city spokesperson, the new rules wouldn’t affect licensed users of medicinal marijuana or clinics helping licensed users access medicinal marijuana, as long as the drug was not being sold on site.
Terry Roycroft, president of the Medicinal Cannabis Resource Centre, said the new bylaw wouldn’t stop his plans to open up an office in Prince Rupert.