Courtenay council unanimously approved a zoning amendment to allow a non-medical cannabis retailer to open shop at the corner of England and Sixth in the downtown core.
Pending provincial approval, Beaufort Botanicals will operate at 576 England Ave. It will be a family-run business. The proprietors are George Ehrler and Marla Limousin, who own Blue Moon Estate Winery and Nature’s Way Farm. Ehrler was the only person who spoke at a public hearing about the application.
The City is processing applications for cannabis stores on a first-come, first-serve basis. Up to five private retailers are allowed in Courtenay, along with one government-operated store. The provincial government gives final approval for licensing.
Along with Beaufort, council has approved a government store — which opened Sept. 4 at the Washington Park Shopping Mall — and private retailers at Driftwood Mall, the strip mall at 2270 Cliffe Ave. and at 143 Fifth St. near the bridge. Council has denied applications at 379 Fourth St. and at 1025 Cliffe Ave. Another retailer that had been approved at 605/625 Cliffe Ave. withdrew their application.