Letter to Council: Rezoning Application No. 00530 for 546 Yates Street

Posted on April 12th, 2017 · Posted in Land Use, Letters

Mayor and Council
City of Victoria
No.1 Centennial Square
Victoria, BC
V8W 1P6

April 11, 2017

Re: Rezoning Application No. 00530 for 546 Yates Street

Dear Mayor Helps and Council,

The DRA recognizes the City of Victoria’s attempts to regulate medical cannabis retail businesses for the
stated purpose of providing for those with medical need. However, the DRA has strong concerns
regarding the recently enacted Storefront Cannabis Retailer Bylaw and the City of Victoria’s ability to
manage the consequences of legitimizing a retail activity that is not currently legal or regulated under
provincial or federal legislation. As such, the DRA LUC does not support the Rezoning Application No.
00530 for 546 Yates Street.

The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) is federal legislation which regulates
the medicinal use of cannabis and provides for individuals who have been authorized by a health care
practitioner to use cannabis for medical purposes, but does not authorize storefronts (i.e., dispensaries)
to sell cannabis or marijuana for medical or any other (e.g. recreational) purposes.

Additionally, the DRA strongly recommends that the City prioritise the processing of rezoning and
business licence applications for legal uses and businesses over the processing of any kind of application
for this illegal and illegitimate activity.

Sincerely,

Ian Sutherland,
Chair Land Use Committee,
Downtown Residents Association

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