No public disapproval as Melfort council passes cannabis bylaw

By Aaron Schulze
August 23, 2018 - 5:00pm

Melfort City Council voted unanimously in favour of a new cannabis bylaw during a special council meeting Thursday.

The bylaw states Melfort’s one approved cannabis store can set up shop in the community's retail, highway, or shopping centre commercial district, as long as it is 150 metres away from public schools, playgrounds, or licensed daycares. Thursday's meeting also served as a public hearing for any concerned residents, however no protesters were present, and the city received no written complaints.

Mayor Rick Lang said it’s good in a sense that no citizens were unhappy about the cannabis bylaw, but said it’s the city’s responsibility now to interact with the RCMP to make sure the bylaw is enforced as well as it can be. 

“To say that there’s absolutely no drug trade going on whatsoever in Melfort would be naïve,” Lang said. “We know there’s some of that happening and maybe [the new store] will help curtail some of that because there will be another source and outlet for people to acquire that product.”

The city can amend the renewal fee for cannabis stores if police costs go up because of it. A location for the new store has not yet been announced. 

 

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