Iqaluit cannabis store proposal to be revisited by city committee

Government of Nunavut extends deadline for city’s feedback to Sept. 10

The City of Iqaluit’s planning and development committee will revisit the proposal for a cannabis retail store on Federal Road after considering potentially wrong information. (Photo courtesy of Cannabis Tours/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)

By Dustin Patar

The proposal for a retail cannabis store in Iqaluit will be revisited by a city committee, now that it’s come to light that the city received incorrect information about the proposal, says Mayor Kenny Bell.

Last week, the strategic planning and economic development committee voted five to one in support of the project.

They then presented it to council during last night’s special meeting, which was called in order to have the city’s feedback sent to the Government of Nunavut by the consultation period deadline of Aug. 20.

“The committee recommends to council that a letter of recommendation be forwarded to the Government of Nunavut approving a request to locate a cannabis store at 1501 Federal Road conditional upon approval of a development permit,” said Deputy Mayor Janet Brewster.

There was no motion and no vote.

Between last week’s meeting and last night, the proposed store’s applicant reached out to the city and suggested that they were told wrong information, said Mayor Kenny Bell in an email to Nunatsiaq News.

Bell didn’t specify what the incorrect information was, other than to say that information from the proponent “didn’t make sense and we are waiting for clarification from the GN.”

According to Bell, the applicant will be invited to the next committee meeting to discuss the project further. The date of that meeting has yet to be decided.

The Government of Nunavut has extended the city’s deadline to provide feedback until Sept. 10.

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