Written by David Brown for Lift.
As the City of Victoria, BC, continues to explore a licensing process for medical marijuana related businesses, they have reached out to the public to seek input.
On July 28th, after extensive public and private consultation, city staff presentedbylaws to city council meant to regulate medical marijuana related businesses. The bylaws would actually make all marijuana related business illegal, but would then allow for variance hearings for all applicants seeking a license.
The City is now seeking additional feedback on a sign bylaw, as well as the city’s over licensing process. The input on the sign bylaw is sought from the business community, while the feedback on the prohibition of marijuana-related businesses everywhere in Victoria, unless permitted through the rezoning process, will be through a public meeting on Sept 8th.
Feedback on the advertising restrictions is open from August 8 – August 22. On September 22 Council will consider final approval of the new Medical Marijuana Business Licence Bylaw. If the city approves the new Medical Marijuana Business Licence Bylaw, the City will start accepting business licence applications for Marijuana-Related Businesses on Oct 1st.