And the first pot licence goes to…

Wee Medical first marijuana dispensary to gain approval under the City of Port Alberni's new guidelines.

Wee Medical opened its doors at the end of October 2015.

The City of Port Alberni has approved Wee Medical’s business licence, making it the first medical marijuana dispensary to receive municipal approval in the Alberni Valley.

(see our indepth story about marijuana regulation here)

According to city planner Scott Smith, the dispensary was approved on a ‘first applied, first served’ basis.

Wee Medical was the first marijauna dispensary to open its doors in Port Alberni at the end of October 2015.

Operator Justin Liu, who operates a dispensary by the same name in Nanaimo, opened his shop in Uptown without any approvals from the city.

Liu’s move catapulted the city into months of debate on whether or not to regulate marijuana dispensaries. It even scored his landlord a less-than-friendly call from the mayor.

Ultimately, city council voted 5-2 to regulate dispensaries based upon regulations similar to Vancouver’s. Mayor Mike Ruttan and Coun. Denis Sauve remained staunchly opposed to regulation throughout the entire debate.

Key regulations approved by council included glass storefronts in commercially zoned areas, a 300 metre distance from schools and a 1,000 metre distance from other dispensaries.

With Wee Medical’s licensing, no other dispensaries can open or operate within 1,000 metres of 3034 Third Ave., where Wee Medical is located.

There are at least three other dispensaries that have opened in the Uptown area since Wee Medical; Smith said notices have been served to those now violating the regulation.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

twitter.com/alberninews

 

Just Posted

Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations receive grants to bring ancestors’ remains home

Grants are part of the Royal B.C. Museum’s new repatriation program

Get ready for a week of sunshine across Vancouver Island

Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures in the high teens all this week

North Island Tour De Rock rider Benjamin Leah leads team to Port Hardy

“You don’t have issues and problems when you look at these kids and how much they’re going through.”

Alberni’s McLean Mill Society looking for a new direction

Society held a public input meeting at historic site

VIDEO: Man extracted from vehicle eight hours after accident near Cameron Lake

People making pit stop at picnic area made crash discovery

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

LGBTQ activists, allies in Victoria counter anti-SOGI protest with rally of their own

Lower Mainland activists plan to protest SOGI on legislature lawn, Sept. 29

Cities make power play for new fiscal order with eye to 2019 federal election

Trudeau ordered Champagne to talk with provinces and territories about ways to “address the timeliness of the flow of funds” to projects.

Ottawa area residents take stock of tornado rubble as Ford tours the ruins

A tornado on Friday afternoon tore roofs off of homes, overturned cars and felled power lines in the Ottawa community of Dunrobin and in Gatineau, Que.

Trudeau arrives at United Nations, hoping to re-establish Canada on world stage

Trudeau is beginning his day at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, where he’s scheduled to deliver brief remarks later this afternoon.

B.C.’s FATSO peanut butter to appear on Dragon’s Den

The Victoria company will be featured on the Sept. 27 episode of the popular show highlighting Canadian businesses

Whitecaps see playoff dreams fade after 2-1 loss to FC Dallas

Goal in 87th minute seals Vancouver’s fate

B.C. students send books to displaced students of Hornby Island school fire

Maple Ridge elementary school teacher says students learned about acts of kindness

Most Read