St. John’s City Council Approves Cannabis Retail Business and Cafe

Oceanic Releaf of Newfoundland and Labrador is about to open its eighth branch in the province

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Oceanic Releaf of Newfoundland and Labrador is set to open its eighth location in the province, a cannabis retail business and cafe in the heart of St. John’s.

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The company, which operates a licensed cultivation facility on the Burin Peninsula, produces and retails premium cannabis products.

The motion to open the new site was presented to city council earlier this week, where it was unanimously approved, reports SaltFil.

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According to this report, the proposed location is an area zoned for industrial commercial use, which allows for retail and restaurant uses.

The motion was moved by Jamie Korab, cCouncilor for Ward 3, and former head of the gold medal winning Canadian men’s curling team at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

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According to the report, Korab said the business would operate seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Oceanic currently offers pre-rolls, dried flowers and seeds for sale through Cannabis NL.

The company was previously listed on Radio Canadait is The Nationalwhich documented Oceanic’s efforts to convert a former fish processing plant into a cannabis facility and employ local workers.

The founder of the company, Taylor Giovannini, grew up nearby and told Radio Canada that when she proposed the facility to the local mayor, officials were immediately receptive to the possibility of creating new jobs in the area.

According to the company’s LinkedIn page, Oceanic primarily focuses on the medical cannabis market with a secondary interest in the recreational market. It is unclear if cannabis consumption will be permitted on-site at the new location.

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In June, a temporary cannabis consumption space on the grounds of Exhibition Place in Toronto began welcoming consumers. The outdoor lounge, which follows Ontario’s smoking laws, would remain open until September 5.

“We noticed a lot of people smoking cannabis…in and around the parks, on the fairgrounds or on the playgrounds. So we came up with a proactive approach,” owner Zlatko Starkovski reportedly said.

Susan Dupej, a researcher at the University of Guelph specializing in cannabis tourism in Canada, previously said Growth Op that regulators “missed the mark” when it comes to consumer spaces.

“Because they missed the mark on consumption, that really comes across as a problem for tourism, because tourism overlaps so intimately with social public consumption spaces,” Dupej said, adding that she hopes regulations consumption will be addressed in the delayed review of the Cannabis law.

“It has been transferred to the provinces, which is good, we can work with that, but there just seems to be a lack of consistency around what is expected in terms of consumption,” she argued.

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