Vancouver school board member Fraser Ballantyne said he wants the city to up the current required distance for dispensaries to operate from schools from 300 m to 500 m.
“Maybe we need to have a conversation and embrace the community a little bit more about where they should be,” said Ballantyne, who received a complaint about a dispensary opening beside a martial arts studio.
“I hadn’t thought of it before but our kids are going places in our community after school,” said Ballantyne.
“I looked at Aspen — they considered this when they legalized marijuana down there. They decided … as a family-friendly community resort, instead of putting them on the main drag they moved them back a street or two,” Ballantyne said.
Ballantyne said with legalization coming, there’s no hurry to regulate the city’s dispensary industry and the process should be delayed for a few years.
“What’s the hurry?” said Ballantyne. “Let’s look after our kids … and not have them confronting or walking into stores right next door to their after school activities.”