Four applicants receive Temporary Use Permits to sell cannabis in Whistler 

Publication Date: June 23, 2023


Store locations include Village Centre, Village North, Creekside and Function Junction


June 23, 2023: Whistler, B.C. – Four applicants hoping to open cannabis stores in Whistler have been granted Temporary Use Permits (TUP), following a review of applications by Council for all five cannabis retail zones during the June 20 Council meeting

A TUP is a municipal approval for a temporary land use outside the generally permitted land uses within the Zoning Bylaw and five retail zones were previously identified for these stores.

“What we see here, by taking our time, is quality applications,” says Councillor Jeff Murl. “The process we’ve set up is very refined, it is robust, and I think it’s time to move forward.”

All but the Nesters retail zone received applications, with TUPs awarded to:
• Village Centre area: This is Cannabis at #201 A&B, 4293 Mountain Square
• Village North area: Main Street THC Canada Ltd at #115, 4368 Main Street
• Creekside area: Spiritleaf Whistler at #103, 2011 Innsbruck Drive
• Function Junction area: A Little Bud at #1, 1050 Millar Creek Road

The applications were evaluated on criteria in Whistler’s Cannabis Retail Policy to ensure they comply with Whistler’s guiding document, the Official Community Plan. The approved Cannabis Retail Temporary Use Permits are authorized for three years, with one option to renew.

“The commitments made by applicants throughout this process are significant,” says Mayor Jack Crompton. “I expect each applicant will follow through with these commitments as they move us toward the goals set out in our Official Community Plan.”

The process reviewed the applications against policy-established criteria addressing leadership in sustainability, community and social wellbeing, balancing community and visitor demand, commitment to reconciliation and future store employee needs.

Once applicants have been awarded a Temporary Use Permit, they are required to sign a Good Neighbour Agreement, obtain a provincial Cannabis Retail Store licence, and apply for a business licence. Additional requirements such as building, development and sign permits may also be required.

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