Regina City Council defeated a motion brought forward that would have restricted cannabis shops to be two or more blocks away from youth-related buildings.
The buildings, whether it be schools, daycare’s, or indoor rinks, are areas Councillor Bob Hawkins believed more kids under the age of 19 would be hanging out, which would make them susceptible to the pot shops just down the street.
Hawkins says it’s about protecting Regina’s youth.
“It’s a question of them being influenced by the use of pot, the normalization of the use of pot,” Hawkins says. “There will always be people underage who access substances that they shouldn’t access, the point is you want to limit that as much as you possibly can.”
Councillor Mike O’Donnell says it’s also about making the shops accessible for those legally allowed to purchase it.
“It’s going to be legal, so I think what we have to do is put it in a situation that people can access it, and so what we have then they’re purchasing legally, not illegally, they don’t have to look for it.”
The reciprocal bylaw passed Monday night as well, meaning youth-related buildings will also not be allowed to set up within a block of an established pot shop.