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Retail pot sales now allowed in Township of Langley

Last Updated Apr 21, 2020 at 8:19 pm PDT

File photo: In this Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 photo, a customer sniffs a display sample of marijuana, in a tamper-proof container secured with a cable, sold at Evergreen Cannabis, a marijuana retail shop, in Vancouver, B.C. One year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, hundreds of legal pot shops have sprung up. But many people still buy their weed on the sly, because taxes and other issues mean that craft marijuana costs nearly twice what it did before legalization. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Langley Mayor Jack Froese says retail marijuana sales are now allowed in the city

The council passed the regulation Monday

He says there haven't been any official applications yet

LANGLEY (NEWS 1130) — There aren’t many options to buy legal marijuana in person south of the Fraser, but that’s about to change in the Township of Langley.

Mayor Jack Froese says the council has passed the regulations enabling retail marijuana sales in the city.

“Basically, it allows for eight retail stores in the Township of Langley and so that covers the geographical area of the township,” Froese says. 

He adds there are no impending applications to open stores, but says the ongoing pandemic likely has something to do with that. 

“An application [will] come forward. Our process would be about six months to go through … specific zoning for that,” he says. “Then, there’s also the provincial process which we don’t have any control over.”

He says it’s still going to take time until retail stores open their doors. 

While recreational cannabis sales have been legal since 2019, Langley initially rejected pot shops from opening. 

However, now Froese says the recent approval has gotten positive feedback from a majority of the public. 

“I think people are more understanding, more accepting,” he says.