Enderby could be the first North Okanagan community where legal retail cannabis stores will open.
The City has had three applications which will go to a public hearing Dec 17th.
“We’ll let our community voice their opinions and see what they think. We’ve got a pretty good set of bylaws to allow us to get this procedure in place,” says Mayor Greg McCune.
The applications are for stores at #4-802 George Street, 900 George Street and 601A Cliff Avenue.
McCune tells Beach Radaio News, he has a problem with the one proposed for Cliff Avenue.
“It’s across from the library. It isn’t the atmosphere we’re looking for. I know it’s legal, but just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s the right location. My personal feeling is I don’t believe it should be on main street.”
The mayor says the applications are all within a half block of each other.
“But if we’re going to create this atmosphere where we want people coming downtown in the evenings through the summer — we have multiple events — I just don’t know if that’s the proper spot. But it’s not just up to me, so we’ll see what the community says.”
McCune says his council hasn’t put a cap on the number of recreational stores that will be allowed, saying that will be determined by the market.
He’s not sure it’s going to be a “gold mine” like some people are thinking.
“The City, we are anticipating and trying to foresee the problems that will be associated with it. I don’t know if people understand it yet. I think a lot of people just think it’s going to be wonderful.”