Article by Ron Seymour, The Kelowna Daily Courier
A loophole that has allowed for the proliferation of pot shops in West Kelowna should be closed, city council will hear Tuesday.
A new bylaw proposes that non-profit societies operating an enterprise with the expectation of profit would be required to have a business licence.
Currently, West Kelowna does not require non-profit societies to obtain a business licence before opening, say, a thrift store.
But pot shop operators have taken advantage of the situation by forming non-profit societies, then opening a business to sell so-called medical marijuana.
About six pot shops have opened in West Kelowna without getting a business licence, Mayor Doug Findlater said Sunday.
“We’re trying to close this loophole,” he said.
Council is likely to give first reading to the bylaw change and then forward it to a public hearing for citizen comment. if it’s ultimately adopted by council, the operators of the unlicensed pot shops would need to seek a business licence.