Penticton’s mayor and city council approved the permits at a public hearing Dec. 6.
“Both were very professional in the way they conducted business in their business model and really, in our view, we are focused on the medicinal marijuana use,” Penticton mayor Andrew Jakubeit told Global News.
“When it was evident it was going to a stalemate, at that point I couldn’t in my conscience, I couldn’t let that happen,” Sentes said. “It’s not about addiction; this is about medical marijuana use.”
Some of the applicants looking to get a temporary permit to operate a pot dispensary were already open and doing business without a valid permit. One of them had shut down and wasn’t approved due to being too close to an elementary school.