First readings passed of Nelson Zoning Amendment Bylaw for recreational cannabis

The City of Nelson is closer to being prepared for the legalization of marijuana, set to happen late summer.

Council has passed the first two readings of their zoning amendment bylaw for recreational cannabis.

The proposed  land use framework  permits a maximum of 5 cannabis stores and requires separation distances from sensitive areas, like schools, youth facilities, and parks and green spaces.

Councillor Michael Daly says they've had extensive public consultation.

One concern he had was that it's a little subjective, If they have more applications than retail spaces they would look at a point system,  for staff to determine who would get the licenses.

There was also concerns from some councillors on whether retail spaces would be going to big corporations or local people.