Goodbye Café, Hello Pot Shop: Dartmouth

Article by Elizabeth Chiu, CBC News

Goodbye café, hello pot shop: Dartmouth residents upset about new store Buds Hemp Shop planned in former Darkside Gallery and Cafe location.  The owner of Buds Hemp Shop had put a sign up, but took it down as he applies for a sign permit

Plans to open a medical marijuana store in the location where a popular café was shut down are creating controversy in Dartmouth.

The owner of Buds Hemp Shop, Logan Chaulk, told CBC News he’s applying for an occupancy permit for a storefront location on Windmill Road.

Inside the proposed medical marijuana and supply store, painting has started and several bongs have been placed on store shelves. Chaulk said his goal is to open the store in mid-August.

It’s the same location where Halifax zoning officials cracked down on the Darkside Gallery and Cafe. The city said Darkside had a permit to operate as an art store with “coffee service as an accessory use.”

Still grieving the café

The business shut down last October after the owners pleaded guilty to violating city bylaws because it was selling too much food.

The prospect of a pot shop is not going over well among some in the neighbourhood.

“It’s been a lightning rod in terms of controversy,” said Sam Austin, the councillor for Dartmouth Centre in an interview with CBC News.

He said a marijuana business is rubbing salt in the wound because “Darkside Cafe was really beloved” and said its customers “still grieve the loss of the café.”

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