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Port Coquitlam gives nod to new cannabis store

Port Coquitlam will soon have a fifth cannabis store in the city after council approved a zoning bylaw for Boss Cannabis.
A cannabis shop will be located in a building behind the Select Liquor store at 1760 Kingsway Ave. | Diane Strandberg, Tri-City News

A new cannabis store will soon be coming on the south side of Port Coquitlam after city council recently approved a re-zoning for Boss Cannabis.

The new store is set to be located at 1760 Kingsway Ave., a prominent triangular property with thousands of passing vehicles each day.

It will be part of the property where the Select Liquor Store is located, in buildings behind the liquor store, which is owned by the Cat and Fiddle Pub.

Mayor Brad West said the location of the proposed pot shop is one of the reasons he supported the rezoning application at Tuesday’s (April 18) special council meeting.

West said the cannabis shop is in a "suitable location" with good access for people who wish to visit the store.

As well, he noted the track record of the pub owners in supporting community causes and the "strong history" of the operator.

Cat and Fiddle Pub owner Randy Doncaster was the only speaker at the public hearing.

He said he is "proud of doing business" in Port Coquitlam and is looking forward to a "new adventure."

Another cannabis store for PoCo, meanwhile, will not proceed.

Council decided at an April 11 meeting not to recommend a downtown cannabis shop at 2342 Elgin Ave. (Samz Pub).

However, some councillors said they'd be willing to take a look at the Samz Pub application in future if population in the area grows.

The approval of Boss Cannabis, brings to five the number of cannabis stores in the city.