Proposed bylaw discussed
Although recreational cannabis was officially legalized by the federal government in 2018, there is no provision for this in Cortes Island’s existing bylaws.
As Cortes Island Regional Director Noba Anderson explained, at the recent SRD Board meeting, “This is a long time coming. We’ve got zoning updates for cannabis production and sale in both areas C and D and this is just wanting to come into alignment with the Federal allowances that are, I think, over two and a half years old now. I’m just asking that a bylaw be prepared so that we are not criminalize otherwise legal behaviour.”
The SRD Board votes
Gerald Whalley, the Regional Director for Area A, explained, “I recognize that the Federal and Regional governments legalized this. In my way of thinking, that doesn’t make it right.”
Recommendation for Pacific Seaweed
The SRD is also recommending the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch issue a non-medical cannabis retail store license to Pacific Seaweed in Oyster River (in Area D).
There was only one opposing vote, so that motion also carried.
Links of Interest:
- (Gov of BC) Liquor and cannabis regulation
- (Cortes Currents) posts about, or mentioning, cannabis on Cortes Island
- (Cortes Currents) posts about, or mentioning, cannabis on Quadra Island (in Regional District Area C)
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Top photo credit: Smelt Bay on Cortes Island – Roy L Hales photo