Saskatchewan Examiner

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Cannabis retail zoning bylaws changed by Regina City Council

Cannabis stores will be now allowed to open at least 60 meters away from sensitive buildings, Mayor says essential to eliminate stigma.

  • Zoning regulations for Cannabis outlets in Regina loosened.
  • Ward 3 Coun. Andrew Stevens highlighted the importance of removing the stigma surrounding Cannabis.
  • The Regina Public and Catholic Schools were also consulted before loosening the Cannabis law.
Cannabis retailers will soon be able to open 60 metres away from sensitive use buildings, such as enclosed rinks, public libraries, and community centres in Regina.
Regina Cannabis stores are permitted to open outlets 60 meters from the sensitive buildings.

Regina town council has surpassed a movement to loosen zoning regulations for hashish/Cannabis outlets withinside the town.

Cannabis outlets will quickly be capable of opening 60 meters away from “touchy land use” buildings, which include enclosed rinks, public libraries, and network centers.
At a planning commission assembly held on Nov. three, it changed into encouraging a 182.88-meter distance requirement from colleges in addition to adjoining playgrounds and park areas to be maintained.

On Wednesday, the council determined to as an alternative move lower back to an authentic change to see outlets be capable of function inside 60 meters of sensitive use buildings, along with colleges.

This changed into the result of a movement made via way of means of Ward three Coun. Andrew Stevens. Stevens said that it is important to get past the stigma of cannabis which was the whole purpose of legalization. 
All councilors have been in prefer of the movement apart from Ward five Coun. John Findura.

The modifications have been proposed because the legal hashish retail enterprise is having a superb monetary effect withinside the town, permitting greater legal shops to open and reduce into the black market.
The Regina Public and Catholic faculty forums have been formerly consulted in this issue, and each has been in prefer of preserving the 182.88-meter distance in place.

Following the assembly, Mayor Sandra Masters echoed Stevens comments, pronouncing it’s approximately eliminating the stigma.
Masters stated the bylaw amendments have to come into impact withinside the new year.

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