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Penticton city council reviews marijuana shop applications

Penticton city council is dealing with a number of items today, including applications for marijuana dispensaries.

Penticton City Council has a mixed bag today.

In the afternoon meeting, starting at 1 p.m., they’ll be considering items like renewing the Municipal and Regional District Tax Bylaw, voting to give the first three readings to a new bylaw, and requesting the province levy the tax on its behalf. The two per cent levy, formerly known as the additional hotel room tax, raises funds for the city to conduct external marketing programs.

Council will also be introduced to Thom Tischik, the new executive director for Travel Penticton, the new tourism marketing organization.

Read more: Travel Penticton hires new executive director

But the evening session, starting at 6 p.m., has an agenda item expected to cause intense discussion.

Council is examining temporary use permits for marijuana dispensaries, resuming a conversation that began this summer when the city suspended business licenses for four dispensaries, and asked staff to come back with policies to regulate the businesses. Council will be considering temporary use applications for seven organizations that applied, including the four that had their business licenses suspended.

Read more:Medical marijuana sales back before Penticton city council

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