Pubdate: Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Source: Penticton Herald (CN BC)
Copyright: 2018 The Okanagan Valley Group of Newspapers
Author: Dale Boyd
Page: A3


The Town of Oliver is setting aside a hearing to "hash out" some
details in local bylaws prior to the legalization of the sale of
recreational marijuana.

Council on Monday "decimated," as Coun. Larry Schwartzenberger put it,
a staff recommendation to restrict cannabis sales via zoning bylaws in
Oliver, as well as a $15,000 ask to hire a consultant to determine the
wishes of the community.

"We will be able to approve or disapprove an application. If something
is in the commercial zone that's too close to a park or school, we
will just not approve it," Schwartzenberger said.

"That makes it a lot easier than trying to rewrite all these other

Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes noted the town has already said it will not
endorse the sale of recreational marijuana while it remains illegal
under the Criminal Code.

"Even once that legislation has passed we don't have to give out a
business licence if we don't want to until we have our framework in
place," Hovanes said.

"It shouldn't be up to the Town of Oliver to invent the wheel

With other municipalities going through similar situations, Hovanes
said it makes little sense for the town to come up with its own
recommendations and policies from scratch.

"When (the feds) pass something, when they actually have something in
writing, we're going to have that framework," Hovanes said.

A majority of council spoke out against funding the

"I'm worried a consultant's going to be another report on the shelf
that's going to cost us lots of money," Hovanes said.

He added even more guiding legal framework would come forward from the
province as well.

Coun. Rick Machial's suggestion to "hash out some ideas" at a further
council meeting drew a round of laughter from council.

"I think we have to wait until we get more information," Machial

Federal legislation to legalize recreational use of marijuana is
expected to come into effect in either summer or fall of 2018.

A future committee of the whole meeting is expected to discuss the
issue further.
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