Comox’s first non-medical cannabis store has taken one step closer to becoming a reality. Black Press file photo

Comox cannabis shop one step closer to reality

Recommendation forwarded to Province for approval

Comox’s first non-medical cannabis store has taken another step toward becoming a reality.

At Wednesday’s council meeting, councillors unanimously approved a planning report which recommends that a licence be issued for CITY Cannabis Corporation located within the Comox Mall.

In February, council unanimously approved a planner’s recommendation of having staff gather views of residents regarding a cannabis retail store licence application for the Comox Mall.

The application is from CITY Cannabis Corporation, which has established stores in Vancouver, and is looking to open a store at 215 Port Augusta St.

The location is not to exceed 500 square metres, and would include a security system and backroom that will have all product locked away overnight, eliminated the need for bars or roll down shutters.

In a report to council, the concept of the store is described as “a beautiful holistic cannabis store offering the best selection of cannabis … and related products. Inspired by coffee shops of the Pacific Northwest, the CITY Cannabis company’s store concept is a harmonious mix between the modern urban lifestyle and natural environments of the PWN (Pacific Northwest).”

Owners noted there would be abundant greenery and key elements such as a bud bar and displays made from repurposed local Pacific Northwest woods along with raw concrete, industrial pipeline and exposed brick walls.

The proposed hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Town staff mailed out and hand-delivered a notice of request for written public comment to property owners and tenants within 75 metres of the proposed store as well, provided notice of request for written public comments in the media. They received feedback both in support and against issuing the licence.

The Town will forward its recommendation to the Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch for approval.

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