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The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB) says that they have applied to the City of Victoria to open a cannabis retail store in the Bay Centre.

In an emailed statement to Victoria Buzz, the BCLDB says their application was filed on August 5, for a rezoning of 1150 Douglas Street for “cannabis retail” which is not currently permitted use.

If approved, the BC Cannabis Store would occupy a retail space approximately 1300 square feet in size, with an anticipated opening date in late spring/early summer of 2021.

“All BC Cannabis Stores are designed to be bright, clean, welcoming and professional, while creating a safe and favourable alternative to purchasing non-medical cannabis from the illicit market,” Viviana Zanocco, Associate Director, Corporate Communications BCLDB wrote in an email.

The proposed store would be the first of its kind in the City of Victoria. BCLDB has also applied for another store in the District of Saanich, at Uptown Mall.

That application was unanimously approved by Saanich Council on May 26 for a store with approximately 3,410 square feet of space.

Zanocco added that the current application with the City of Victoria is in the preliminary stages and the BCLDB does not yet have a date for when it will be put before Council.

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