Owners of Deviant Fibres in downtown Terrace have applied to sell recreational cannabis at the Lakelse Ave. location. (Provided illustration)

Owners of Deviant Fibres in downtown Terrace have applied to sell recreational cannabis at the Lakelse Ave. location. (Provided illustration)

Cannabis sales application sparks debate at Terrace city council

Application being made by newly-elected councillor

City of Terrace councillors briefly debated the merits of recreational cannabis sales in the downtown core last night in considering a licence application from one of their own.

Inder Dhillon, one of three first timers elected to council in October, wants to sell recreation cannabis through a partnership called Bath and Dhillon Cannabis Ltd. at the Deviant Fibres store at 102-4796 Lakelse Ave. adjacent to Subway.

Dhillon, who withdrew from council chambers during the discussion, and his partner applied for the licence in June. The city found that the Deviant Fibres location met zoning and other requirements. The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch gave its approval in October, returning the matter to the city for a final decision.

One of the city’s requirements is that recreational cannabis not be sold within 300 metres of a school or within 100 metres of another cannabis outlet.

The Deviant Fibres location is 103 metres from the province’s own cannabis sales outlet in the Skeena Mall, said city development services director David Block, who briefed council on the application.

“There were no concerns identified or raised,” added Block.

He said letters had been sent to property owners within that 100 metre zone around Deviant Fibres and that a legal notice had been placed in the Nov. 10, 2022 edition of The Terrace Standard inviting written comment up to 4:30 p.m. the next day. Property owners could also speak at last night’s meeting.

One property owner questioned the need for a fifth cannabis retailer on top of the four already in the downtown core in an email recieved by the city Nov. 13, Block said.

Mayor Sean Bujtas asked Block what happened to a previous cannabis application for a sales outlet at the same location that was approved by provincial regulators and by a previous council.

Block said the business never opened.

In wrapping up the council session, Block said since the proposed business fully compiles with city regulations there would be no reason to oppose it.

Chris Apps, another newly-elected councillor, referred to the email from the property owner who felt there were enough cannabis retail stores already.

“It does beg the question of what the bylaw says in terms of imposing some sort of limit to a certain type of vendor of any kind, probably in a specific area,” said Apps.

That drew an objection from councillor James Cordeiro who said consumer demand should decide how many stores sell cannabis. “I’m just a little reticent for council to start using its wisdom to determine which businesses are valid and which are not.”

Councillor Brian Downie backed up Cordeiro, saying that “the market over time will figure that out.”

Block added that the downtown core could have as many as eight outlets based on current regulations.

Dave Gordon referred to a council discussion of earlier that evening regarding Foundry, a youth wellness network close to Deviant Fibres.

“I just feel compelled to point out the irony that we spent a fair bit of time taking about the Foundry and their challenges for youth and substance abuse with youth is a significant issue in the community.

“At the same time we’re approving more cannabis stores in town. I just feel the irony.”

Bujtas reminded councillors they were not yet required to make a decision.

This is the second time Dhillon has applied for a recreational cannabis sales licence in Terrace.

In 2019 council denied a cannabis sales application by Dhillon when Deviant Fibres was located at 4435 Lakelse Ave, after 100-name petition and letters from property owners in the area opposed an application.

Bath and Dhillon also own a cannabis outlet in Kitimat.

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