Delta’s first non-medical cannabis retail outlet will be located in an industrial area of the city
Delta’s board last week gave final approval for the city’s first cannabis retail store.
Seed & Stone’s zoning request is for a non-medical cannabis dispensary at 616 Chester Road, located on Annacis Island.
The operation will take place in a 3,638 square foot portion of an existing multi-tenant building in the industrial zone.
Seed & Stone currently operates a store in Chilliwack and is expanding to Victoria and elsewhere in British Columbia
Council approval will be forwarded to the Provincial Alcohol and Cannabis Regulatory Branch where final green light is required.
The city is currently reviewing five other applications to open cannabis stores, these in commercial areas.
Two of the zoning change requests relate to dispensaries in the North Delta.
One would see a private outlet opened at the Delta Shoppers Mall at 8077 Scott Road, while the other would be a BC government dispensary in the Scottsdale Center Mall at 70 Avenue in Scott Road.
South Delta’s three rezoning proposals for private stores include parts of existing buildings at the Tsawwassen Mall on 56th Street, the Bayside Village Mall also on 56th Street, and a vacant unit at the Ladner Center on Ladner Trunk Road.
All requests are still at the stage of public notification and detailed examination.
This fall, Council instructed staff not to accept further applications until all five submitted have been reviewed.
Meanwhile, cannabis-related retail products, such as clothing, books, and other items, will be available for sale at private licensed cannabis retail stores.
The province has announced that starting November 26, private retailers will be allowed to sell ancillary items that have a clear connection to cannabis and meet certain health and safety conditions.
Examples include books on cannabis and clothing or artwork featuring cannabis-related designs.
The sale of non-cannabis-related items, such as snacks and drinks that do not contain cannabis, will continue to be prohibited.
The rules include, among other things, ancillary elements not permitted to represent a real or fictional person, animal or character or to include testimony or endorsement.
Retailers are also not permitted to sell items that are generally associated with or might reasonably appeal to minors, such as children’s clothing.