Article by Bill Cleverley, Times Colonist
The process of weeding out dozens of pot shops in Victoria could begin this week as the first two zoning applications for cannabis dispensaries come before city councillors for consideration.
Making the applications are two dispensaries in the 500 block of Yates Street — one already in operation and one proposed. Under the city’s cannabis rezoning policies, storefront cannabis retailers must be at least 200 metres from each other, so one is bound to fail.
Mayor Lisa Helps said the city is essentially adopting a first-come, first-served policy.
“In the instance where there are two within proximity, I think that’s the fair way to do it,” Helps said.
“These two are within, basically, steps of each other. One got their application in first so we’ll look at that one first and, if that goes through, then I think the other one will be more difficult.”
The intent of the 200-metre policy is to prevent “an undesirable concentration” of storefront cannabis retailers, city staff say.
Council received an application from Trees, 546 Yates St., on Oct. 20, last year.
On Dec. 7, an application was received from Pure Releaf, for 510-512 Yates — less than half a block from the Trees outlet.