IT'S TIME TO TALK CANNABIS IN TOFINO

Four applications were received for Cannabis Retail Temporary Use Permits.

Review the applications, policy and process on this page.

How were applications evaluated?

All four applications were reviewed at the Special Committtee of the Whole meeting held June 3, 2019.

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All applications will be reviewed once more at the June 11th Council meeting for decision, and staff will notify the public of sucessful applicants.

As part of the Cannabis TUP Application Policy, Council considered the following core principles when evaluating applications:

PRINCIPLE 1: Community Health – Protecting the health of young people by restricting their access to cannabis and limiting exposure to cannabis advertising.

PRINCIPLE 2: Social Benefit – Development of a diverse and resilient economy that maintains and enhances the natural environment, sustains local livelihoods, promotes human well-being, and supports community development.

PRINCIPLE 3: Engagement and Support – Meaningful engagement with the public and First Nations’; as well as support from District staff in consideration of existing District of Tofino plans, reports and strategies.


TUP Applications

Applications for Temporary Use Permits for Cannabis Retail Stores opened February 25th, 2019, for a period of 30 days (until midnight, March 27th, 2019). We received the following four applications:

Daylight Cannabis Co.
671 Industrial Way

Prairie Records
150 Fourth St.

Tuff Leaf
561 Campbell St

West Coast Cannabis Store
1182 Pacific Rim Hwy

Cannabis Retail/Production/Distribution Prohibited in Zoning Bylaw

The Zoning Bylaw prohibits the use of any land, building, or structure for the sale, production, or distribution of cannabis.

In order to start a cannabis retail store, businesses are required to obtain a Temporary Use Permit using the process outlined in the Cannabis Retail TUP Policy (above). Council may issue up to 3 permits for cannabis retail operations.

Smoking Regulation Bylaw

Smoking Regulation Bylaw No. 1249, 2018 prohibits smoking or vaping (tobacco, cannabis, etc.) within 6 m of outdoor public places such as parks, beaches, workplaces, etc.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT ARE THE DISTRICT'S LAWS REGARDING CANNABIS?

No Sale, Production, or Distribution: On June 26th, 2018,  District of Tofino Council passed Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1238, 2018, which prohibits the use of any land, building, or structure for the sale, production, or distribution of cannabis. In order to start a cannabis retail store, businesses will be required to obtain a Temporary Use Permit using the process outlined in the Cannabis Retail TUP Policy. 

No Smoking or Vaping: On May 22, 2018, District of Tofino Council passed District of Tofino Smoking and Vaping Regulation Bylaw No. 1249, 2018 which prohibits smoking or vaping of any substance (cannabis, tobacco, etc.) in many outdoor public places. Learn more about District Smoking and Vaping Regulations in the infographic:

WHAT IS A TEMPORARY USE PERMIT?

A Temporary Use Permit (TUP) is a tool to allow short-term commercial or industrial uses that do not comply with the Zoning Bylaw.

Even though the Tofino Zoning Bylaw now prohibits the use of any land or building for the sale or distribution of cannabis, a TUP would allow a cannabis retail operation to operate under certain conditions for a limted duration (3 years) while the community assesses the impacts of this new use.

Proponents will then apply through the public rezoning process for permanent land use designations permitting cannabis sales. 

WHY DID TOFINO PROHIBIT CANNABIS RETAIL IN THE ZONING BYLAW?

The District of Tofino Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1238, 2018, implemented a District wide restriction on the sale of cannabis as an interim means to ensure our community was not caught unprepared for an influx of applications, and to allow the public time to consider how this type of business will fit into our community.

Other communities that have enacted or proposed similar temporary prohibitions on cannabis retail stores include:

  • City of Nelson
  • Resort Municipality of Whistler
  • District of North Cowichan
  • Maple Ridge
  • District of Peachland

Applicants will now move through a Temporary Use Permit process to allow the sale of non-medical cannabis for a period of three years, before applying to make the designation permanent through a change to zoning. 

WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO APPLY? HOW IS THE PUBLIC INVOLVED?

The following chart outlines the process for a Cannabis TUP Application.

Applications will be posted on this webpage (www.tofino.ca/cannabis) for public review and comment.

Cannabis TUP Process Chart

HOW WE GOT HERE

The District held two public information sessions, distributed two detailed feedback forms, and held a stakeholder roundtable with representatives from community organizations. After listening to what interested community members have said, we compiled the following "What We've Heard" presentation. 

This information was used to develop the process and criteria for applicants who wish to open a cannabis retail business in Tofino.

RESOURCES

Zoning Bylaw

Staff Reports (Agenda Packages below, navigate to the report by searching "Cannabis")

Community Input

Federal and Provincial Information

Application Resouces


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Contact:

Aaron Rodgers
Manager of Community Sustinability
250-725-3229 (701)
arodgers@tofino.ca