West Vancouver has become the latest municipality in Metro Vancouver to ban all cannabis retail and production facilities within its boundaries.
By unanimous vote, councillors decided that no businesses could apply to set up in the municipality without a rezoning hearing.
Staff will begin working on a larger regulatory framework that could allow retail operations without rezoning, but that won’t be presented to council until after legalization and municipal elections in October.
“I think staff are on the right track, and we’re moving forward, but as per usual, a little on the slow side,” said coun. Nora Gambioli.
In its cannabis legislation passed earlier this year, the provincial government has given municipalities veto power over approving retail licences. Residents in municipalities with bans will still be able to purchase cannnabis through a government-run website.
Jim Bailey, West Vancouver’s director of planning, emphasized that the city could still allow businesses to set up shop.