Two proposals to establish privately-run cannabis stores unanimously won city council’s support on Monday night.
Although a 25-name petition against the proposal had been submitted to council, just two people spoke during a hearing against opening a store in what was once the home of the Mai Thai restaurant in a strip mall off 484 Douglas St.
Ken Simonar’s concerns revolved largely around the impact on traffic in the area although he did also note a potential for increased loitering and vagrancy, which he said has been a problem with the nearby BX Cold Beer and Wine Store. Judy Klassen suggested the shop’s name, Shire Green, would draw the eyes of young children. However, it was made clear that council can base its decision only on the land use and not on marketing.
Speaking in favour, Coun. Kyle Sampson suggested the impact on traffic and parking will be no worse than when it…