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Burnaby getting closer to opening pot shops

Last Updated Jun 11, 2019 at 10:25 pm PDT

FILE: This Feb. 13, 2013 file photo shows a marijuana bud at the grand opening of the Seattle location of the Northwest Cannabis Market, for sales of medical marijuana products. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Elaine Thompson

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) — The Mayor of Burnaby says the first two legal pot shops in the city are moving closer to opening.

Mike Hurley says while there is no concrete timeline in place just yet, council has told staff to send some rezoning applications to the public hearing stage. He says council will work with the province to create a plan to bring the shops to the city.

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The plan is to eventually have four government-run shops in Burnaby, and no private shops, at least for now.

“Once we have these four up and running, then we’ll sit down and have another look and — if there is need, and if there is interest — possibly look at some private ones,” he says.

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He says marijuana may be a sensitive topic for some, but now it’s legal.

“You can buy it online. We think it’s best controlled just like the liquor stores, at least to start out with, so we can keep a very close eye on how it all moves forward,” he says.