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Cannabis stores prohibited in Richmond, Surrey but Delta a different story

Local governments can regulate cannabis dispensaries through city zoning bylaws which restrict locations and store sizes
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The City of Delta prohibits cannabis stores in all zones but will consider them on a case-by-case basis.

Residents on Tuesday will be get their say on two applications to open cannabis retail stores in Tsawwassen.

On the agenda for a public hearing on Tuesday, April 26, starting at 6 p.m., is a pair of dispensary proposals in the area of 56th Street and 12th Avenue.

One of the rezoning applications is by Queensborough Cannabis Co. for a vacant retail outlet at a strip mall at 1274 56 St.

Located at the northeast of the intersection of 56 Street and 12 Avenue, the outlet would include a 1,163-square-foot retail storefront and 710-square-feet for office and storage.

The other application for a non-medical cannabis shop is by Imagine Cannabis Co. for a unit at Bayside Village Mall at 1179 56 St. in Tsawwassen.

Located by the southwest of the intersection of 56 Street and 12 Avenue, that dispensary would include 420 square-feet of retail storefront and just over 100-square-feet for office and storage.

Despite the fact Lower Mainland residents, even in communities where retail stores are banned and don’t operate, can now legally receive cannabis products through home delivery, Delta’s neighbouring cities Surrey and Richmond continue to prohibit cannabis stores.

The situation is much different in the City of Delta where the first non-medical cannabis store, Inspired Cannabis Co., opened on Scott Road in North Delta.

Delta council already gave the green light for an application by Seed & Stone for a cannabis dispensary on Chester Road on Annacis Island, the first application approved by the city. That store opens this month.

In an interview last year with the Optimist, Vikram Sachdeva, Seed & Stone founder and CEO, said home delivery will also become a major part of their business.

The province is also going to have a cannabis presence in Delta as an application by B.C.’s Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch for a cannabis dispensary at the Scottsdale Centre on Scott Road will be on council’s agenda on Monday. City staff recommend final approval for that proposal.

Meanwhile, Delta planning staff are currently processing four more dispensary applications.

Yet to come to council for discussion and possible preliminary approval, which would trigger a public hearing process, Imagine Cannabis is proposing to open a non-medical cannabis store at the Ladner Centre shopping mall.

The city is also processing another application for a store on Scott Road, to be located at the Scott 72 shopping centre, as well as two others on River Road.

One of those proposed is for a retail store at Tidewaters Pub.