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Pot shops not welcome

Pot dispensaries are not currently welcome in Osoyoos.

On the recommendation of staff, Osoyoos town council passed a bylaw amendment this week barring marijuana dispensaries.

Planning director Alain Cunningham described it as a temporary and transitional zoning control measure that would prohibit medical marijuana outlets in the town.

"We are seeing a lot of business interest in opening these things and temporarily it's illegal under federal law," he said. "So this is a temporary holding measure until the changes in the federal law."

Council was divided on the matter with a 3-2 vote.

Coun. Mike Campol, who voted against it along with Coun. CJ Rhodes, said he did so because this sends a discouraging message.

"I think marijuana dispensaries serve a purpose for the health and wellness of communities, and there's a lot of people who haven't done their research and don't understand the medical benefits of marijuana," he said. "People still see it as someone standing outside and smoking a joint and that's not what it's all about these days."

Campol added one of the components is CBD, a natural anti-inflammatory, and there are major medical benefits to CBD in a day and age where children, teens and adults alike in a disproportionate number are addicted to opiates.

The next step will be a public hearing at 4 p.m. on July 18.

In June, the town shut down Starbuds, a recently opened medical marijuana outlet.

The city of Penticton is also cracking down on medical marijuana outlets.

– With files Oliver Daily News

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