Municipal zoning regulations require pot shops to be 250 metres away from schools, and 150 metres away from other dispensaries. The approved BC Cannabis location on Lougheed Highway can be seen in green, while the bottom right shows the shops competing for a spot on 1st Avenue.

Five pot shops put applications forward to Mission Council

Three dispensaries are vying for one block on 1st Avenue

Five applications for marijuana dispensaries have been to put to Mission Council for consideration on June 1.

The businesses have their eyes on two areas in the city: the 32000-block of Lougheed Highway and the 33000-block of 1st Avenue.

The district’s zoning bylaws require pot shops to be 250 metres away from public and private schools, as well as 150 metres away from other cannabis retail stores.

Only one of the three applications for a dispensary on 1st Avenue can be approved by council, as they fall within the 150 metre zoning buffer with each other.

While the provincial government issues licences for non-medical marijuana shops, the licence requires the recommendation of local municipal governments on the basis of local input.

Mission Council previously approved an amendment to zoning bylaws allowing the retail cannabis stores to open locations in October, 2019.

Council has also endorsed a retail store operated by the provincial government for another location on Lougheed Highway.

The first intake of applications commenced on Jan. 31 and closed 90 days later on May 1.

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