Article by Sudbury Star
City officials insist the municipality has not given a business licence to Sudbury man who wants to open a pot edibles menu cafe when it becomes legal.
“There have been no city approvals provided to After Dark Cafe & Edibles,” Shannon Dowling, communications and media relations officer with the city, said.
Jason LaFauci, however, said he received a business licence from Service Canada.
“We went to (Tom Davies Square) to register our business,” LaFauci said. “We were told that if we wanted to register our business for a cafe that we would have to go to Service Canada. That’s what we did. They let us do it. There was no problem, no flak, no nothing.”
Dowling, though, again disagreed, saying what LaFauci received from Service Canada is a master business licence through the province of Ontario that protects the naming of the business.
“The city has a business licensing bylaw and a business registration bylaw. Under the latter, eating or drinking establishments are required to register their business with the city,” Dowling said. “I can again confirm the business in question has not registered their business with the City of Greater Sudbury.”
LaFauci said he has been talking to city hall officials and local law enforcement about the proposed cafe for some time.
“They’re pretty receptive to it,” he said.
Again, Dowling said that isn’t the case.
“In respect to the city being receptive, no conversations have taken place regarding the operations of a cannabis edibles cafe,” she said.