The City of Nelson has started consulting with various groups on regulating recreational cannabis.
This morning they met with about a dozen people from the business community.
Chamber of Commerce boss Tom Thomson says most would rather see fewer dispensaries than the current six.
Thomson says the businesses also felt that even when it’s legal, cannabis should not be seen or smelled.
The city’s development services manager, Pam Mireau, says once recreational cannabis is legalized this summer it will be subject to Nelson’s clean air bylaw just like tobacco.
That means no smoking at bus stops or in parks or within seven meters of all public entrances to buildings.
Meanwhile, what happens to Nelson’s half dozen medical cannabis dispensaries following legalization?
Mireau says they don’t know, but she expects they’ll have to apply for provincial licenses to remain in business.
The province is expected to announce its regulations this month.
Mireau says it’s possible existing dispensaries may have to close while seeking the new permits.
The city has nine more meetings planned with various groups as it considers local regulations.
It’s also planning to mail a survey to all households and businesses the week of Feb. 12.
Open houses are planned at city hall on Feb. 22 and 24 from noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. both days, and at the Chahko Mika Mall on the afternoon of Feb. 24.