(File photo)

Second cannabis store passes Queen Charlotte test

Gwaii Ganja will now go through the provincial permitting process

A second recreational cannabis shop hopes to soon be doing business in the Village of Queen Charlotte.

If successful Gwaii Ganja, owned by Edgelow Capital Investments, will set up shop at the Causeway building next door to the Dollar Store.

The village received a referral for the business from the province’s Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch on March 25. Council offered no objections following a public input process initiated April 8.

During that process the village received one letter in support and six against. Letters from two organizations expressed no position on the matter.

READ MORE: Masset seeks input on future marijuana businesses

Concerns partly focused on potential of cannabis exposure to children and youth, who frequent neighbouring stores, and the potential for traffic and parking congestion. But the largest concern centred on whether two cannabis retail stores can be successful in such a small market.

Bernie Howlett, co-owner of the Misty Harbour Inn and Howlers Liquor Store, is currently in the licencing process to open The Rural Leaf in the Howler’s building one block away at 3200 Oceanview Drive. Last March council gave the province its support for the application.

Despite residents’ worry two recreational cannabis outlets will harm the viability of either business, the village’s lawyer said it’s not a legal reason to deny an applicant. The only option is to limit the number of shops by amending its zoning bylaw, a move that council rejected.

“If this retail shop gets a provincial licence, the Village does not have the authority to reject any required municipal permits/approvals on the basis there is no market for a second shop,” the letter reads.

Haida Gwaii Observer
Send email
Like the Haida Gwaii Observer on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Queen Charlotte name change will be a long process

Mayor says conversations still to be had with all residents

Haida Gwaii support workers strike deal with school district

New agreement will be in effect for the next three years

Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital to get secure room for psychiatric patients

Cost anticipated at close to $1 million for Masset hospital

B.C. oil tanker ban squeaks through final vote in Senate

Bill C-48 bars oil tankers from loading at ports on B.C’s north coast

Queen Charlotte explores banning single use plastics

Council seeking community input on options to reduce plastic waste

WATCH: Killer whale has the final catch in Prince Rupert waters

Fishing duel sees salmon stolen by eager orca

Fate of accused in Canadian couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

40 cats surrendered in apparent hoarding at B.C. home

Officers found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces, suffering from fleas

Vancouver Aquarium drops cetacean ban lawsuit in new lease agreement

Ocean Wise CEO Lasse Gustavsson called the updated lease an exciting new chapter for the aquarium

Thieves steal two $40K chairs featuring gold serpents from B.C. furniture store

Chairs believed to be the only two of its kind in Canada, police said

Rising gas prices force B.C. residents to rethink summer road trips: poll

63 per cent of respondents reported gas prices are impacting their day-to-day finances

Most Read