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  • Post Time Posted July 24, 2018
City Councillors for Whitehorse passed a bylaw this week requiring fees of at least $2000 to for those looking for a retail cannabis license. 

The licensing fee is drastically higher than the $160 yearly fee other businesses face in the city, leading many, including Councillor Betty Irwin, to question the decision. “And perhaps I missed it, but I didn't see where the off-sale [liquor] stores and pawn shops are charged more than other retail establishments,” Irwin was quoted saying.

The council argues that the cost is necessary to balance out what the city will have to pay when marijuana becomes legal in mid-October. Costs are expected to be accrued from things like security and criminal record checks, reviewing and processing applications, and zoning analyses.  

The council also passed two other cannabis regulations, one based on defining cannabis and growing operations, and the other laws pertaining to sellers. Retailers will not be allowed to show any product, and hours will be set from 8 A.M. to 10 P.M. 

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/cannabis-stores-business-licence-1.4759729

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