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Three more cannabis shops OK'd for Coquitlam

Coquitlam city council granted second and third bylaw readings on Monday to rezone three properties to sell cannabis.

Three more cannabis shops will soon open their doors in Coquitlam.

On Monday (June 13), city council OK’d — without comment — second and third readings to rezone the properties to sell the product that was legalized in 2018.

Fourth and final readings of the applications are expected before the summer break.

The businesses are set to be located at:

  • 105-552 Clarke Rd. (Imagine Cannabis)
  • 512 Young Dr. (Seed and Stone)
  • 102-935 Brunette Ave. (Brunette Cannabis Company)

The latter store will be at the back of Woody’s Pub in Maillardville, a representative for pub owner Gordon Cartwright told council.

During the public hearing held earlier, a City Centre resident called on council to oppose the Brunette bid because of its proximity to a daycare that her daughter attends. She questioned why regulations are in place for schools to be 150 m away from cannabis shops — not daycares.

Speakers to the proposed outlets in Lower Lougheed and Burquitlam also complained about potential odours at or around the cannabis shops, as well as their locations in residential areas where families live.

“I don’t like this stuff appearing in my neighbourhood,” said a Burquitlam resident.

Another speaker cited a possible hike in her strata insurance if a weed shop is near her building.

The founders of Imagine Cannabis and Seed and Stone said they already have cannabis stores in the Lower Mainland and they put emphasis on security.

In April, Coquitlam city council approved two stores for City Centre:

  • The Local Leaf Cannabis (109-2957 Glen Dr.)
  • KJ’s Best Cannabis (103-2700 Barnet Hwy.)