What started out as a simple vote to move Qualicum Beach’s backyard chickens pilot project turned into a discussion about the sale of marijuana within the town boundaries.
Within the staff recommendations for the pilot project were a series of housekeeping amendments.
Two of the eight amendments caught Coun. Bill Luchtmeijer’s eye:
The definition of “retail” would be amended so that marijuana retail sales are not permitted by default, which would make it similar to liquor stores and require cannabis-related businesses to apply for a temporary-use permit.
“What brought this issue to the floor? There has been no discussion amongst council about these aspects,” Luchtmeijer said.
Planning director Luke Sales said it’s a preemptive change to the zoning bylaw should marijuana or cannabis products be legalized, the the town would be prepared to control the use of the locations.
Mayor Teunis Westbroek said council could vote on the Backyard Chickens Pilot Project — which was approved and given second reading — but move the housekeeping amendments to the next council meeting after consulting with staff.
The housekeeping amendment was referred to the April 10 council meeting.
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