(Black Press file photo)

Second cannabis dispensary earns Langford approval

The Original Farm Langford Ltd. plans to open in Belmont Market

A second non-medical cannabis store in the City of Langford has been approved by city council as of Monday.

The Original Farm Langford Ltd. has been issued a temporary use permit to set up a retail store in the Belmont Market development. The store will be directly below the new Crossing at Belmont rental apartments on Reunion Avenue.

Council has capped the number of stores allowed to open in Langford at five, meaning three more are waiting for provincial approvals.

“It’s legal now, it has been since October, we’re just going to regulate it,” said Langford Mayor Stew Young. “We’re going to make sure it doesn’t end up on every street corner.”

The Belmont Market development is designed with the idea that residents can live and shop in the same place. Young said it will be like its own small community inside of Langford.

The new cannabis store will be treated like a liquor store, as a legal product.

READ MORE: WATCH: Two cannabis dispensaries legally open in Victoria

Young said the City is working with the stores to ensure community liaison officers are available because the federal government has not supplied Langford with any funding to help with cannabis regulation yet.

The stores have offered to help fund two officers to help with education around cannabis, especially in schools.

He said without the agreement between the City and the stores, taxpayers in Langford would be paying to help manage and regulate cannabis.

“I’ve got zero dollars from the federal government…there’s no cash cow in this thing,” Young said. “We had to manage this ourselves and we’ve got agreements with every store.”

The partnership between the City and the stores is to help ensure an influx of cannabis stores will not take on a negative impact to the community.

Young said now that the two stores have been approved, it’s up to them get up and running. He said they’ll likely be ready to open in two to three months.

The City of Langford has its own guidelines for what makes an acceptable location for a non-medical cannabis retail store. The guidelines state how far a store should be from places like schools, parks, day cares, lakes and residential areas excluding the ones in the City Centre.

The proposed location for The Original Farm Langford Ltd. is about 2,200 metres away from the closest school — Belmont Secondary School — and is 1,500 metres away from City Centre Park. The closest daycare is about 159 metres away and access to Glen Lake is about 1,200 metres away. It is also about 1,800 metres away from Clarity Cannabis, the first recreational cannabis retailer that was approved in Langford in March.

READ MORE: Langford city council approves first recreational cannabis store in region

Eric Gerlach, the owner agent for the rental apartments that will be above the store as well as Belmont Residences West and East in the Belmont Market, also has some stipulations that need to be taken into consideration by The Original Farm Langford Ltd.

There will be zero visibility of cannabis retail activity along Reunion Avenue, where the buildings are located, and commercial activity will be limited to receiving deliveries of packaged goods only.

“As the developer of all the condominium projects along Reunion Avenue, it is reasonable to expect that any new condo purchaser who may or may not object to this new commercial use, should not see potentially controversial storefront/signange directly from their living room,” a letter from Gerlach to council reads.

The storefront will be screened and displaying “ideally a ‘nature’ scene, or something to thematically tie into the residential feature wall,” the letter reads.

There will also be no commercial signange for non-medical cannabis along Reunion Avenue.

Young said so far, people in Langford are supportive of retail cannabis stores opening in the city.

“We are happy with the contributions that we’ve got and we’re approving these things,” Young said.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

VIDEO: Saanich resident shocked when trespasser licks security camera, rummages through mail

‘I found the situation really bizarre,’ said the Gordon Head resident

BC Ferries crew member taken to hospital after getting struck by bow doors

Two sailings between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay were cancelled

Bulk or boxed candy? Trick-or-treat maps help Canadian families prepare for Halloween

Census Mapper uses 2016 census data to predict busiest neighbourhoods

Black Press Media celebrates women who are making a difference

Helping others is the cornerstone of the work Shannon Drew does in… Continue reading

Goldstream Food Bank on the search to fill Christmas Hampers with toys

Volunteers are looking for new toys for infants to 11-year-olds

VIDEO: Explosion, fire sends woman running from Saanich home

Heavy smoke in the area, crews on scene

Jack’s Devils beat Quinn’s Canucks 1-0 in NHL brother battle

New Jersey youngster scores first career goal against Vancouver

Two charged after owner’s wild ride through Kamloops in his stolen truck

Crystal Rae Dorrington, 37, and Derrick Ronald Pearson, 32, facing multiple charges

Judge orders credit union’s bank records for Kelowna social worker facing theft allegations

The man is accused of negligence, breach of contract, fraud and a conspiracy with Interior Savings

Leaders pour it on with rallies, boosts for candidates as campaign reaches peak

The federal election campaign has reached a crescendo

Allegations of racism lead to ministry investigation at Vancouver private school

St. George’s School was contacted over what the school describes as ‘deeply offensive behaviour online’

Not a political question: Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta

Edmonton police estimated the size of the crowd at about 4,000

Zantac, the over-the-counter heartburn drug, pulled in Canada, U.S.

Health Canada also investigates possible carcinogen in some ranitidine drugs

B.C. public safety minister says cannabis edibles not in stores til January

Mike Farnworth says he wants regional issues considered when it comes to licensing

Most Read