...the province’s desire to keep prying eyes out of cannabis shops could ultimately could push pot retailers out of Victoria’s downtown heritage buildings, city councillors were told.
Okay, so there's no problem, right? The rules are the rules. Rules are religion in Victoria, right? Or are we saying the tourist zone needs pot shops? Pot shops are suddenly -- overnight -- essential elements of the old town atmosphere? Flower baskets, height restrictions, and pot shops?
“I think it’s probably something they [the province] didn’t think about when they made these regulations — what would this mean in a heritage building on a pedestrian thoroughfare downtown.”
Why should they have thought about it? Who cares? The pot shops can set up somewhere else. Is there a shortage of retail spaces in downtown Victoria (or beyond) that aren't in heritage buildings? Give me a break.
This is the same city that used to wring its collective hands over the prospect of yet another coffee shop or fast-food chain? Do people seriously not see the inconsistency here? For decades we've been beaten over the head with the idea that the old town is so ultra-sensitive and precious. Preserving the historic district's quaintness and uniqueness is mission #1, blah blah blah.
The solution is obvious: put them somewhere where opaque windows are acceptable and don't have five on every block...
Suffice it to say, it shouldn't send a chill down anyone's spine that pot shops will only have access to most of the retail spaces in downtown Victoria, rather than absolutely all of the retail spaces in downtown Victoria.