Legal cannabis: City eyes development permit extensions for budding cannabis retailers

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    The City of Calgary is looking to extend its deadlines for pot shops to commence their development permits from one year to three to deal with the AGLC moritorium on licenses due to supply chain woes on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia

    Darren Makowichuk / DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Postmedia The city hopes to give more than 100 would-be Calgary cannabis retailers an extension on opening their doors after the province’s marijuana supply issues ground licence approvals to a halt last fall. Alberta Gaming Liquor and Cannabis put a moratorium on cannabis store applications in November due to nationwide supply shortages of cannabis a little over a month after recreational pot became legal in October. Applicants need a city-approved change of land use development permit before applying for a provincial licence, but those development permits also require a retailer to open for business within a year of approval. Some stores, with no stock to sell, have not opened and despite the province green lighting 10 additional stores in January, shortages expected to last 18 months have led the city to consider extending the one-year development window to three years so businesses don’t default on their permits. A city committee will consider the extension on Tuesday or risk 132 approved storefronts running out their permits. Legal cannabis: City eyes development permit extensions for budding cannabis retailers

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