City council will present the public comments at their June 22 meeting. File Photo

City seeks public input on new cannabis retail license

The application must first gather approval from city council before being approved by the province

The City of Fernie is seeking public input on a proposed non-medical cannabis retail license in Fernie.

The application for a license came from retail space at Unit D 561 Highway 3. According to the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act, before the province can issue the license, the application needs to be approved by Fernie city council. Furthermore, the act requires council to gather the input of residents in the area of the proposed retail store before making a decision.

In order to comply with these requirements, the city is asking for input from the public either via email at or by written letter to city hall. The comments collected from the public will be presented to city council at their June 22 meeting. In order to be included, all comments should be sent by June 12.

“We are looking for your written input regarding any issues or concerns you may have with a non-medical cannabis store operating at this location,” the city wrote on their website.

Although the details about the proposed business aren’t yet available, the city did mention that non-medical cannabis retail stores have hours of operation that are limited by the province to 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fernie currently has three licensed non-medical cannabis retailers in town, Earth’s Own Naturals Ltd., Summit Cannabis Co., and Stick and Stone Cannabis Co.

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