THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO                                Pacificanna made a request to LCRB for a cannabis license in Port Hardy.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO Pacificanna made a request to LCRB for a cannabis license in Port Hardy.

Pacificanna applies for cannabis retail license in Port Hardy

District will hear public comments on cannabis retailer’s application to open shop.

More than a month after cannabis was legalized across the nation, a Victoria-based company has applied for a retail cannabis store in Port Hardy.

Pacificanna Holdings Ltd., which plans on having eight locations across BC, has applied for a cannabis business license for a brick-and-mortar store at #2-7035 Market Street. The District of Port Hardy has allowed public comments on the application until Dec. 7, which is in line with the town’s cannabis bylaw.

The application to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) was made under the numbered business account, “1178459 BC LTD,” for Pacificanna Holdings’ proposal.

The company primarily sells non-medical cannabis in retail stores, but also deals in distributing the product to dispensaries across the U.S.

The company will first need approval from LCRB and then apply to the district. As part of the amended zoning bylaw, “Bylaw 1080-2018,” the district has set out a number of regulations for applications to receive a business license. Cannabis retailers must stay at least 100 metres away from a playground or public library, 150 metres away from education services, and 150 metres away from daycares.

The company’s application came weeks after Stellar Jay Organics’ license application for a store in the North Island Mall. Stellar Jay Organics was given the go ahead from the District of Port Hardy, and is currently waiting for the LCRB to approve its application. Once that happens, Stellar Jay Organics then has to apply for a business licence from the district.

Correction: The North Island Gazette would like to apologize for misattributing the Victoria-based company to a company with a near identical business name, “Pacificanna Organics,” due to the company having no contact information or online website.