The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit has made an appeal to the applicant behind the proposed Tokyo Smoke shop on Lakeshore Drive to have the cannabis store moved to another location away from nearby alcohol retailers and schools.
In a letter written in mid-December, Healthy Living program manager Chris Bowes states that the health unit does not support establishing a cannabis retail outlet at the proposed location at 390 Lakeshore Dr., or Nipissing Plaza, arguing it is “not in the interest of public health and safety due to its proximity to alcohol retail outlets and youth-serving facilities.”
The health unit provided The Nugget with a copy of the letter, which was submitted as part of the 15-day public notice period that the applicant, Toronto lawyer Lorne J. Fine, is required to go through to get the store authorized.
The retail outlet is set to be one of Canopy Growth’s five new Tokyo Smoke locations in Ontario. As of Wednesday the store had not yet been authorized to open.
“We really do look at a harm-reduction lens when we talk about substance use, so cannabis would be treated in that same way that we treat other substances, as well,” Bowes said in a phone interview.
In his letter, Bowes notes that the retail outlet would be approximately 70 metres from The Beer Store, in the same plaza as a wine store and the Metro grocery which sells beer, and approximately 700 metres away from the LCBO.
The location also would be close to licensed establishments, such as Cheffy’s Sports Bar, East Side Mario’s and Indulge Restaurant & Lounge, and within walking distance to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School, Silver Birches Elementary School and West Ferris Secondary School.