Esquimalt shoots downs 200-meter distance between pot retailers
August 27, 2019
All through this thread we've talked about the mysterious double-standards that officialdom seems to subscribe to re: marijuana stores as versus... well, as versus pretty much anything and everything else. So here's yet another shameless example. Many times I've noted how Victoria transforms from an imaginary tiny town into an imaginary gigantic megalopolis and then back again depending on the issues that we're spinning, but in this case Esquimalt doesn't even need Victoria. Esquimalt is more than big enough all by itself.
Mayor Barb Desjardins was one of the four councillors who shot down the motion, explaining that 200 metres is an arbitrary distance...
Arbitrary distance... So what about arbitrary height restrictions, arbitrary setbacks, arbitrary notions about density, and all of those other arbitrary numbers that people like to invent out of thin air and then defend as if they were gospel? Are we going to dismiss all of that stuff, too?*
*Not in a million years
“The reason I didn’t support it is I felt we have enough controls at this time to regulate the number of sites or cannabis stores — where they are and what benefit they are to the community,”
We certainly wouldn't want things to be over-regulated, to be inventing new laws and regulations, etc. When has officialdom ever demonstrated any enthusiasm for that sort of thing?*
*Officialdom demonstrates enthusiasm for that sort of thing constantly
If the three stores are approved and the township receives more applications, “this could likely result in a close clustering of recreational cannabis businesses within certain neighbourhoods of Esquimalt,” Morrison said.
In his motion, Morrison noted that Esquimalt has limited commercial storefront retail space and a diversity of storefront businesses should be encouraged.
Morrison's concerns would seem to jibe with physical reality and would also seem to be fully consistent with Victoria's long-established character re: micro-managing stuff, not wanting too much of anything (even good things or purportedly good things), not wanting neighbourhoods to be "overwhelmed", and so forth. Esquimalt is a small municipality with limited commercial storefront retail space, right? Neighbourhood character is everything, right?
The motion follows the lead of Victoria and Vancouver, which have implemented restrictions on the distances between cannabis retailers.
Vancouver does not permit cannabis business operations within 300 metres of each other while the City of Victoria does not permit cannabis businesses within 400 metres of each other.
Who cares what Vancouver or Victoria are doing? Esquimalt is the biggest of big cities, man. It blazes its own trail. It doesn't fret about limitations and restrictions. It doesn't fret about anything. Anything goes, the sky is the limit. Too much is never enough.*
*Today, on this one issue and this one issue only. Your regularly scheduled fretting about every darn thing will resume shortly.
Edited by aastra, 28 August 2019 - 10:14 AM.