Three operators desire to sell recreational cannabis products in Osoyoos.
All need site specific zoning approval from the Town of Osoyoos before approaching the Province of BC (BC L.C. CB) for permission and a license.
Monday at Council – those councillors present debated several cannabis related issues:
a. Councillors Rhodes and Bennett absent from the chambers with CJ on the phone from Yuma and Myers* in Mexico with no telephone access
b. decisions to be made with Mayor McKortoff and Councillors Jim King and Brian Harvey
c. first item – application for a change in zoning to allow the Owl Pub complex to add a cannabis story on the north end
d. second item – business license fees for cannabis operations vs regular retail outlets including drug stores selling controlled drug substances.
Ok, what happened:
Council gave first and second reading to a bylaw to rezone the Owl Pub property (to Commercial site specfic) and set a Public Hearing for February 19th
Town staff have also requested the Pub owners to open up blocked off parking spaces below the street level services on Spartan Avenue
Council voted on a $500 Business License fee for cannabis operations – defeated in a 2 for and 2 against motion
Council voted on a $300 Business License fee for cannabis operations – defeated in a 2 for and 2 against motion
When Councillor Bennett returns the vote will be reset with 5 councilors in the room February *4th.
This location at 8322 Main Street. Brief public hearing on that at 4pm Monday – no one from the public attended other than the applicant.
Now some perspective:
Three applications in Osoyoos. So far none in Oliver even though signs are for a couple in that locale.
The difference – Osoyoos wants to vote on each store. Oliver wants any store to be in a commercial zone – as many can fill empty retail space and caveat emptor (buyer aware). The strong survive.