A no smoking bylaw for Oliver and a retail cannabis sale bylaw being discussed at a committee meeting today.
No smoking bylaw – staff directed to re-think some of the provisions in a proposed bylaw. Council concerns included:
Vehicles mentioned in the bylaw – that should be clarified
Special Events – a smoking area can be allowed
What about bars that have smoking areas outside an establishment
Regulations for tobacco cigs should be the same as for marijuana cigs
The phrase “responsible person” mentioned in the bylaw for public events needs to be looked at
Fines have not been discussed yet.
Who will be responsible for enforcement
The bylaw will come back to a regular council meeting in the coming months once tuned a bit.
Retail Cannabis Sales
Difficult for a municipalities to make rules or zoning changing when the province has not designed their standards and the federal government has not set a realistic time period to making the use of cannabis LEGAL. Town Planner Chris Garrish said he was seeking some direction on a zoning bylaw change. He recommended that retail outlets only be allowed in two zones: TC Town Centre and C2 – Commercial
Council agreed with the two zones be designated by many other issues have surfaced but Oliver will await provincial direction.