‘Consider the image of this town’: Second pottery shop given green light despite objections
“It’s something I’ve personally thought about a lot. Having these businesses on La Ronge Avenue prevents other types of businesses from operating in this prime terrain,” he said. I have to ask outlets and retailers how they can safely operate in our community and compensate for the documented damage their products cause.
Although there are economic reasons, such as new jobs and increased development, Karnitsky argued that the money earned will not stay local and the wealth generated will be spent elsewhere. He also reminded council that cannabis is addictive and the city already has too many businesses that sell controlled substances.
Karnitsky urged the council to “consider the image of this city”.
“Can you think about it and tell me how many bars, bargains, liquor stores and cannabis stores currently have an address on La Ronge Avenue,” he asked. “I think you might need two hands for that one.”
Ratushniak and Veteri expressed support for a second location and both agreed to allow Kiaro, which opened in May 2019, to monopolize the cannabis business in La Ronge, which is bad for business. Ratushniak said Kiaro only recently began donating to community groups after another second store expressed interest in opening.
“Do I think there should be competition to the sole monopoly of this community? This is where I would say yes,” he said.
Veteri also mentioned the importance of residents having access to regulated marijuana. He said other drugs could be mixed with cannabis when purchased from drug dealers, and government-licensed stores and products eliminate that risk.