The latest applications, including one from the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, are still in the early stages of review

The Delta Council announced at its September 27 meeting that it had instructed employees not to accept and consider any further applications submitted to open cannabis dispensaries in the city – at least for the time being.

In June, after a public hearing, the council unanimously approved a proposal from Seed & Stone to open a private cannabis dispensary at 616 Chester Road on Annacis Island.

It would be right off Highway 91 Interchange and would be the first cannabis store in Delta. Operations will be located in a 3,638 square meter section of an existing multi-tenant industrial building. The retail section would be in a 100 square meter storefront.

Seed and Stone, a non-medical cannabis retail brand, currently has a store in Chilliwack and Victoria and is expanding to White Rock and elsewhere in BC

This request has yet to be returned to the Council for final approval.

In August, the city received applications for two more cannabis retail stores in the North Delta.

The rededication requests would see a cannabis dispensary on Delta Shoppers Mall on 8077 Scott Road and a dispensary on Scottsdale Center Mall on 70 Avenue and Scott Road.

Earlier this year, Platinum Projects applied for the rededication of a 2,740 square meter commercial unit in the Delta Shoppers Mall on behalf of Inspired Cannabis Co.

This application has been put on hold by Delta until the city has completed processing the Seed & Stone application.

The application to open a pharmacy in the Scottsdale Center was submitted by the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, a proposal that would include a 2,479-square-foot cannabis retailer in the mall.

The city also recently received two applications to open pharmacies in Tsawwassen and one in Ladner.

Count. Dylan Kruger said the Council of Optimists wants to give staff the time it takes to process these current six requests before considering further requests.

He noted that he believes it is important that there is adequate access to legal cannabis in all three communities in Delta, especially for seniors and others in need of access to medical marijuana.

Prior to legalizing cannabis in Canada, the Delta Council passed statutes banning cannabis production and retail sales in all zones unless the province allows it within the Agricultural Land Reserve.

The city examines the applications on a case-by-case basis.

The neighboring cities of Surrey and Richmond have banned retail cannabis pharmacies.