Fourth proposed Revelstoke cannabis retailer in the hopper

A fourth cannabis retail location is proposed for Revelstoke. Here's an update on what's happening with the four retail licence applications.

Photo: Wesley Gibbs

A fourth proposed cannabis retailer has entered the process to open a Revelstoke location.

Currently, Summit Cannabis Co., located on Connaught Avenue downtown, is the only approved and operating location.

The new proposed location is at 113B Second Street East, the building on the corner of Second Street and Orton Avenue that also the location for the Everything Revelstoke tour and transportation business.

The proponent is listed as Lauren Nagy of Evergreen Dream Cannabis Co. A staff report recommends approving the referral request. In B.C., those planning on opening a cannabis retail location first apply to the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, then engage in the first steps of the process. The proposal is then referred to municipal governments for consideration. If the proposal is approved by council, the applicant then works with the provincial government on next steps, and then finally works with the municipality on development and building permitting.

Other cannabis locations in the works

Cannabis being cultivated. Photo: Creative Commons licence

The second cannabis retailer to make it before city council for consideration was Revelsmoke Cannabis, located at 204 First Street West. At an August council meeting, proponent Kurtis Koehler asked council for a variance to be within the 100-metre buffer zone from an existing cannabis retail location (Summit Cannabis Co.).

City council approved the variance, which would allow Revelsmoke to be within 10 metres of Summit Cannabis Co. The council decision opens the city to potential legal exposure. Although there is a lot of variety in variance decisions, they are traditionally used to make minor adjustments to existing bylaws, such as allowing a new garage to be a couple of feet taller or wider than allowed in the zoning bylaw. The council decision, in effect, allows for a more than 90-per-cent variance. A proponent for Summit Cannabis Co. left that meeting visibly upset at council’s decision.

Revelsmoke also gets positive referral recommendation

Summit Cannabis Co. is located at 109 Connaught Avenue in downtown Revelstoke. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

Revelsmoke Cannabis also appears on the Oct. 22 council meeting agenda; the accompanying staff report also recommends a positive referral. If approved by council, that retail licence application would then head back to the provincial process for next steps.

Victoria Road location gets positive referral

At their Oct. 4 meeting, council approved a positive referral to Stoked Cannabis, which is proposing a new location at the small retail complex at 427 Second Street East at the corner of Second Street East and Victoria Road. The building is or has been home to a number of businesses, including Spice ‘O Life, a water and wine-making shop and a computer services business.

At that meeting, council debated whether to restrict that location’s hours to 9 p.m. given its proximity to residences. In the end, council opted to not restrict the location’s hours and go with those presented in the staff report.