School divisions concerned cannabis stores on Broadway would be too close to schools – Saskatoon

Representatives from the Saskatoon Public School (SPS) division and the Saskatoon Greater Catholic School (SGCS) division are concerned retail cannabis stores could be located too close to schools on Broadway Avenue.

The City of Saskatoon is proposing zoning which would permit cannabis stores in commercial and industrial areas, so long as they’re at least 160 meters from sensitive areas such as child care centres, parks, public libraries, community centres and schools.

With both Ecole Victoria School and Oskayak High School located on Broadway Avenue, a 160 meter buffer zone would eliminate this area as a potential location for a marijuana store so City administration is proposing a separation distance of 60 meters on Broadway Avenue.

The Broadway Business Improvement District (BID) wants the economic benefits of cannabis outlets. SPS and SGCS said business shouldn’t take precidence over student welfare.

With a 160 meter separation distance between schools and retail cannabis stores, Broadway Avenue would the only commercial district where a retail cannabis store could not operate.

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“The students in that part of town shouldn’t be treated any differently than the students in any other school in the city,” said Stan Laba, SPS facilities superintendent.

“Perception is part of it, how things are procured is part of it, what comes with the activity is part of it.”

The city committee voted in line with the school division’s, opting not to treat Broadway Avenue any differently than anywhere else in the city.

The discussion will go before City Council at the end of May.

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