City studying marijuana regs

The City of Penticton is studying newly released provincial guidelines on the legalization of marijuana this July.

Mayor Andrew Jakubeit says it's likely the city will treat marijuana dispensaries very similarly to liquor licenses, which mandates public input on a case-by-case basis.

“Now that we have a basic framework to start from, we will start drafting policies on what the city is going to do,” he said.

He added city staff have committed to going out to the public with its recreational marijuana policy for public feedback before council passes it.

The province says the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch will manage the recreational cannabis sector, however marijuana will not be allowed to be sold in liquor stores. Private pot shops will compete against provincially-run stores as well.

Jakubeit said the city will likely be seeking some clarification on the line that states the province will allow cannabis to be smoked in public wherever tobacco is allowed.

He noted the city already has bylaws in place banning smoking of any type in most public places like beaches or parks.


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