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Delta puts brakes on more cannabis shop applications

Delta Police reviewed the latest application and recommended several safety enhancements, which the applicant has agreed to implement
Following the legalization of non-medical cannabis in 2018, the City of Delta prohibited cannabis dispensaries in all zones. Council had taken the approach to consider dispensary applications on a case-by-case basis.

It looks like nine is enough in Delta when it comes to cannabis shops.

Council on Monday approved sending another rezoning application to open a recreational cannabis retail store to a public hearing, the ninth such application to be considered by council.

The dispensary would operate within a unit of an existing industrial building at 7550 River Rd., in an area surrounded by industrial properties which are primarily zoned Medium Impact Industrial.

Operating under the business name 4Twenty Cannabis, the dispensary would include an 807-square-foot retail storefront and 1 ,206-square-foot warehouse on the main floor with an 807-square-foot office located within the existing mezzanine.

The business is proposed to be open to the public seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A report by the planning department notes staff have no concerns with the requested variance given the small scale of the business and the limited proportion of the unit within which sales would be permitted.

Also requiring the approval of the province’s Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, the application is the final accepted by the city before council agreed to impose a moratorium on accepting any further applications. The freeze was imposed so a current batch had been dealt with.

The previous eight applications have since been approved with some of the stores throughout Delta already open for business.

Mayor George Harvie during council’s discussion this week noted the current moratorium will be indefinite as the city will keep to its current number.

He also noted that a report will be coming back from police and staff later next year on any issues or concerns that have resulted from the dispensary operations.

Community Planning Director Marcy Sangret said that while the ones that have already opened have not been open in Delta for long, there’s been no issues raised, so far.