Following a public hearing which saw nobody speak, and City Staff confirming that now other correspondence had been received regarding the proposed bylaw, City Council moved forward with removing the cap of retail cannabis locations.
During legalization, the City of Merritt drafted a bylaw to cover the emerging retail sector including the self-imposed cap of four cannabis stores in town.
The cap was removed by a 6-1 vote, Councillor Melvina White was in opposition. No councillor addressed the motion at yesterday's meeting.
It was noted by staff that although the cap was removed, restrictions are still in place for the distance the stores must be from another cannabis store, from parks, schools, playgrounds, and more. Thus limiting the possible locations around the City.
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