Is the marijuana industry a good fit for the Village of Queen Charlotte?

With the expected legalization of marijuana in Canada, many municipalities are seeing the need to pass bylaws and policies to help regulate dispensaries and production facilities. We are in the process of amending our Zoning Bylaw to ensure that those wanting to sell marijuana will need to apply individually to Council until we have feedback from our residents regarding this industry in our community.

We have a long growing season and a mild climate here on our beautiful islands.  The commercial growing and dispensing of marijuana could add a number of full-time jobs to our economy, or even more if ventures prove profitable.  In order to fully assess the potential benefits and pitfalls, the Council will be sharing the results of this survey at a meeting which will be advertised in the future.  This survey is anonymous.

DEFINITIONS:
Cannabis - also known as marijuana, a preparation of the cannabis plant intended for use as a medicine or psychoactive drug.

Hemp - the fiber of the cannabis plant, extracted from the stem and used to make rope, stout fabrics, fiberboard, and paper.

Marijuana Dispensary - a store or other facility for the sale and purchase of cannabis for medical and/or recreational use. It may also sell products derived from cannabis, including hashish and various forms of marijuana for smoking, inhaling, eating, or drinking.

Commercial Marijuana Production Facility - the cultivation, possession, manufacture, processing, storing, laboratory testing, labeling, transporting, distribution, or sale of cannabis or cannabis products for medicinal or recreational purposes.

Commercial Hemp Production Facility - the cultivation, possession, manufacture, processing, storing, laboratory testing, labeling, transporting, distribution, or sale of cannabis fiber or cannabis fiber products.

PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY:
The collection of personal information provided on this survey is authorized under section 26 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose(s) set out above. Should you have any questions about the collection of this personal information please contact: Lori Wiedeman, Chief Administrative Officer, cao@queencharlotte.ca or 250 559 4765.

* 1. Are you nineteen years old or older?

* 2. Which of the following do you support in the Village of Queen Charlotte?

* 3. If you said 'none of the above' or 'not sure', what are your concerns?

* 4. Which of the following are of most importance to you when you think about regulating retail dispensaries and/or production facilities?

  Very important Somewhat important Neutral Somewhat unimportant Very unimportant N/A
Location and zoning (i.e. proximity to schools or other concerns)
Business licensing
Building inspection
Fire inspection
Odor and noise control
Number of full-time jobs that will be created
Possible consequences of 'normalizing' marijuana use
Maximizing the economic benefits for Haida Gwaii
Inviting community input and ongoing opportunities for formal feedback

* 5. What do you think is most likely to happen as a result of the development of this industry?

  Decrease Significantly Decrease Slightly Remain Unchanged Increase Slightly Increase Significantly N/A
Youth access to marijuana would
Property values would
Crime would
Tourism would
The economy would
Spin off businesses would
Local businesses would
Overall drug use in the population would

* 6. Would you, personally, be interested in employment in the marijuana industry?

* 7. If yes to Question 6, do you have any experience or transferable skill sets that would qualify you? (i.e. past agricultural experience, home gardening, baking, retail, etc...)

* 8. Do you have any final comments you want Council to consider?

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