Saskatoon Council Votes Down Proposed 160-Metre Pot Dispensary Buffer, Will Look at 60-Metre Alternative

Article by CBC News

Saskatoon council votes down proposed 160-metre pot dispensary buffer, will look at 60-metre alternative Original pot zoning bylaw fails, council to revisit issue in June CBC News. Saskatoon city council has voted against a bylaw that would provide a buffer between stores that sell pot and schools, parks and community centres. (CBC)

With federal marijuana legalization looming on the horizon, Saskatoon City Council has voted against a zoning bylaw that would have set the rules around where marijuana vendors could place their shops.

The initial proposal stated that there would have to be a 160-metre separation distance between dispensaries and schools, parks, libraries and community centres. Stores in the Broadway area would receive a 60-metre buffer as an exemption.

However, a majority of councillors balked at the separation limit and voted against the bylaw.

Councillor Darren Hill said marijuana sellers will be legal soon, and shouldn’t have to follow the same constraints as other businesses under the current Adult Services Bylaw.

“I think a cannabis dispensary is entirely different from a pawn shop or an adult massage parlor,” he said. “They are completely different services and they’re going to be regulated differently by a different level of government as well.”

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