Article by Steve Arstad, Info News
Marijuana dispensaries appear to be the latest ‘growth’ business in Penticton.
Planning Manager Blake Laven says the city has received applications for temporary use permits for seven dispensaries in the city, but has not issued any licenses to date.
Three dispensaries are currently active in the city, with a fourth that has shut down through the application process. An additional three applications recently submitted brings the total to seven.
Laven says while seven dispensaries may seem like a lot, if all seven were approved the numbers would equate to one dispensary for every 4,800 residents. Compare that to other municipalities in the province such as Victoria, with one per 3,300 residents, Vancouver, with one in 3,400, Vernon, with one in 4,400 and Nelson, with one in 1,300.
“Dispensaries are not licensed in Vernon or Nelson,” Laven noted in an email. “We are proposing a $5,000 a year licensing fee and a strict set of conditions for their operation, including prohibiting entrance to those under 21 years old, limitations on selling other products, prohibitions on having product visible from outside the store, requirements for ventilation and having security in place, among other requirements.”