A cannabis retail outlet proposed for 2813A 35th St. that was previously rejected by Vernon city council has new hope.
Council voted unanimously to recommend the proposal after the applicants supplied a wealth of new information and endorsements.
Coun. Scott Anderson said the application should have included that detail in the first place to avoid the initial rejection and to save council’s time.
“The applications clearly went out of their way to make a case for reconsideration, and I took that seriously,” Anderson said. “In future, we should just say ‘no’ and wait for the presentation, because when these presentations come to us we have no knowledge of who they are, what they are, what research they’ve done.
“I’m impressed with this … this is what we should have got in the first place. This presentation changed my mind on it.”
Coun. Kari Gares agreed with Anderson and said future applications need to come to council with better detail.
“The biggest concern that I’ve always had in the very beginning when we get these applications is not so much we don’t know who they are, but they come with such little information for us to go off of,” Gares told council.
“Now that we have this package it’s clear that we have a lot more detailed information in here that would have been very useful for us when we were making our recommendations.”
The city’s role in approving marijuana stores is based on zoning, location and other criteria. The actual issuing of a licence is up to the province.
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