Saturday , 17 April 2021

Bonnyville Passes First Reading of Cannabis Bylaws

The Town of Bonnyville council passed the first reading of the land-use bylaws related to cannabis zoning and signage on Tuesday. The Town has elected for a 150-metre zoning area, which is the separation distance a cannabis dispensary would have to allow from schools, parks, hospitals, recreational areas, and businesses that sell alcohol, tobacco and cannabis.

The bylaw also states that a retail cannabis shop is prohibited from opening in a residential area.

The Town hosted a cannabis open house on May 16 to answer questions and give feedback related to upcoming bylaws. Roughly a dozen people showed up, and opinions varied on 100-metre, 150-metre, and 200-metre zones.

Now that the first reading is finished, the Town is holding a public hearing for the community to give feedback on Tuesday, June 12. It will be the last chance for the community to give direct feedback about cannabis related bylaws before second reading.

It was reported last week that Bonnyville Mayor Gene Sobolewski said after second reading they wait to see the final plans for the decriminalization of cannabis from both the federal and provincial government.

The price for a cannabis retail application was amended as well, and now a prospective business will be charged $1050 due to signage and commercial development permits.


About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.