First Revelstoke cannabis retail location gets positive referral from council

A proposed cannabis retailer got the OK from Revelstoke council, but still must complete additional steps with provincial regulators

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At their Dec. 11 meeting, Revelstoke council unanimously supported a staff recommendation to support a cannabis retail location for 109 Connaught Avenue.

The applicant plans to operate under the Starbuds brand name.

Under the B.C. cannabis retail rules, retail applicants first apply to the the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB), which then sends a referral request to municipal government. In order to successfully reach the next stage, the applicant must get a positive referral from council, which Starbuds achieved today.

The application then heads back to the LCRB for further review and next steps. An LCRB spokesperson told the Mountaineer that they are offering no timelines on how long it takes applicants to complete the next stages.

At the Dec. 11 council meeting, Kurtis Koehler of the Revelsmoke Glass and Vape shop asked council to consider his predicament. Koehler’s location on First Street West is within the city’s 100-metre exclusion zone between cannabis retailers. If Starbuds is successful, it would he problematic for Revelsmoke. He said he’d filed a retail application with the LCRB, but hadn’t got the referral to council yet. “This would put a stop on us,” Koehler said.

Watch council deliberations on the cannabis retail application here:

Also at the meeting, Stacey Axford, who lives next door to the proposed cannabis retailer, expressed concerns over the development. “More or less it is a safety thing for us,” she said.

In response to council questions about signage, building codes and other concerns, city assistant planner Daniel Sturgeon said that those kinds of considerations would be made at a subsequent phase of the application process, assuming the applicant successfully completes the next steps with the LCRB.

For more detail on this application, please see our story from Dec. 7 here:

Starbuds first to submit cannabis retailer application to Revelstoke council