Spiritleaf will open in a few months. (Phil Melnychuk/THE NEWS)

Council approves first private pot store in Maple Ridge

To open soon at Valley Fair Mall

Maple Ridge council has approved the first application in the city to open a privately owned recreational marijuana store, in Valley Fair Mall.

Council gave the OK at its May 14 meeting following a presentation about the outlet a week earlier.

Spiritleaf is based in Calgary, but the Maple Ridge store would be owned locally by Jeff Sweetnam.

Spiritleaf already has stores open in Brooks, St. Albert, Calgary and Lethbridge, Alta., as well as in Moose Jaw, Sask. and Kingston, Ont.

City planning director Christine Carter noted that applications to open recreational cannabis stores must all go to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch of B.C.

If those applications meet government standards, they’re then forwarded to each city council for final approval.

“This application followed every step of the policy,” said Robin MacNair, senior bylaw adviser.

MacNair added that, currently, there are 12 applications outstanding to open cannabis stores in Maple Ridge, two of which are for government operations.

However, of 10 private applications, only two have been approved by the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.

As for Spiritleaf’s application, the city mailed out 633 letters to residents within 200 metres of the proposed location and received three responses – two opposed and one in favour.

Maple Ridge regulations also give preference to stores operated by the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch.

The Liquor Distribution Branch has applied for a business licence for only one store in Maple Ridge, on 207th Street and Lougheed Highway. The branch is also considering a downtown location.

Council heard that Spiritleaf could be open within a few months.

Valley Fair management previously stated its support for the Spiritleaf application.



pmelnychuk@mapleridgenews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Looking Back: Before there were Raptors

Maple Ridge has a long history of basketball.

Train horns falling silent in Maple Ridge

30-day transition period underway

Maple Ridge actress in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Melissa Harris part of Bard in the Valley cast.

Two open houses about Maple Ridge’s future

City wants ideas about road, northeast Albion

RCMP surround Maple Ridge house, make arrest

Man leaves home as canine team brought in.

Astronaut David Saint-Jacques returns to Earth, sets Canadian space record

Native of Saint-Lambert, Que., set a record for longest single spaceflight by a Canadian at 204 days

Man arrested after pimping investigation in Whistler

A 44-year-old man has been charged with procuring and benefiting from sexual services

Thieves steal two $40K chairs featuring gold serpents from Vancouver furniture store

Chairs believed to be the only two of its kind in Canada, police said

White Rock council opts for compromise in waterfront parking fee hike

Amendment calls for hourly rates of $3.75 instead of $4 from April to September

Province to increase parking, pilot First Nation stewards at busy Joffre Lakes

Two-hundred more parking stalls will bring total spots to allow 450 cars

Search on for black bear that appears to be habituated in Burnaby

The bear lunged at a woman who was trying to shoo it from several backpacks

Poll: Rising gas prices force B.C. residents rethink summer road trips

63 per cent of respondents reported gas prices are impacting their day-to-day finances

PHOTO: Moose cow and calf relax in Williams Lake flower garden

The homeowners got a surprise when they checked their most recent surveillance footage

Two in hospital after plane crashes in Okanagan Lake

RCMP say wheels left down caused landing plane to overturn on lake

Most Read