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Three more cannabis shops planned for Coquitlam neighbourhoods

City council is set to discuss rezoning properties in the Burquitlam, Lougheed and Maillardville neighbourhoods.
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Three more cannabis dispensaries are planned for Coquitlam.

Three more cannabis dispensaries are planned for Coquitlam — a week after city council green-lit two marijuana shops for City Centre.

Tonight (May 2), city council is set to consider first reading to rezone three properties in Burquitlam, Lougheed and Maillardville for cannabis retail.

According to a city staff report, the plans are for:

  • Imagine Cannabis by Imagine Cannabis Co. (105–552 Clarke Rd.)
  • Seed and Stone by Seed and Stone (512 Young Dr.)
  • Brunette Cannabis Company by Gordon Cartwright (102–935 Brunette Ave.)

Cartwright is well known in Maillardville as the owner of Woody’s Pub.

If OK’d following the public hearing on May 30, Imagine Cannabis would be located close to the Burquitlam SkyTrain station, in the same strip mall as Shoppers Drug Mart.

It would also be 160 m away from the future Burquitlam YMCA "and not within the sight line of the proposed store, which staff consider to be a sufficient separation," wrote Andrew Merrill, Coquitlam’s director of development services, in his report.

It would be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and employ a total of nine staff.

For Seed and Stone, the proposed outlet would be in Anthem’s SOCO, a mixed-used development — with two residential towers above — that’s now under construction east of North Road.

The dispensary is set to be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and employ a total of 12 people.

And for Brunette Cannabis, Cartwright is planning his cannabis store in the same building as Woody’s Pub, at the back of the building facing Roderick Avenue.

Cartwright proposes to have the dispensary open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and employ a total of 10 people.

In all three cases, Merrill wrote, the applicants’ businesses meet the city’s criteria for cannabis retail, including having a 150-metre school separation.

If approved by council, the three bids will be forward to the Liquor Control Review Board.

Meanwhile, council is set to consider a cannabis shop for Austin Heights at a later date.

Last year, city council endorsed a cannabis regulatory framework, allowing two pot shops in City Centre, as well as one each in the Burquitlam, Lougheed, Maillardville and Austin Heights neighbourhoods.

To have your say in the May 30 public hearing, visit coquitlam.ca/publichearing to register.

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