Council to decide on third cannabis retail application for Revelstoke

Third cannabis retail location proposed for small retail complex on Victoria Road.

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Cannabis being cultivated. Photo: Creative Commons licence

Revelstoke city council will consider a third cannabis retail application at their first October meeting.

Stoked Cannabis is proposing a new location at the small retail complex at 427 Second Street East, at the corner of Second Street 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.

Under the provincial cannabis retail regulatory system, cannabis retail applications from the province are referred to local municipalities, often involving an approval of the proposed location from council. Next, the process heads back to the B.C. government, then is referred back to the city for the final stage of building and development approval.

A City of Revelstoke document lists the proponent as Michelle Gagnon of Stoked Cannabis. Their plan is to renovate the interior of an empty retail location there. The proposed hours are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

A staff report recommends that council provide a positive referral to the province.

Currently, there is one legal cannabis retailer in Revelstoke, Summit Cannabis Co. A second application for a First Street East location operated by proponent Revelsmoke has received a variance approval from council.

“Staff recommends that council provide a positive recommendation to the LCRB with regards to this specific application,” writes city planner Michael Coulson in his report to council. “The applicants have expressly met requirements up to this stage in the process and continue to work with staff on ensuring that all parameters respecting business license issuance (including building code requirements) are fulfilled.”