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Cap on cannabis retail licences removed

There is now no limit on the number of marijuana retail stores in the city. Council voted unanimously to remove the 15 licence cap at Monday night’s meeting.

Senior Vice President of CannaCulture Ltd. Carter Dombrova says it was the outcome he was hoping for.

“We see this as a positive for us. This was a win and now we just start the process of applying for a development permit and business license like everybody else who already won the cap.”

Dombrova’s business sat in the 23rd spot out of 27 after the lottery leaving him unable to move forward with his business until now. Now that the cap has been removed, anyone can apply for a business license but Mayor Bill Given says there’s still a number of things people have to do to secure one.

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“They would, of course, have to meet the other terms and conditions and regulations that are in place for anybody to qualify for a business license and they would also have to secure a location and get land use zoning approval. So there is a number of steps to go through but with the cap being lifted it is now open for as many businesses that wish to apply.”

Dombrova says he will now be working towards getting his store open by the time marijuana becomes legal on October 17.

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