Letter: Correcting the disparity in business license fees in Kamloops
Kamloops Council must stop penalizing new businesses with prohibitive licensing fees. Business license fees for liquor store and cannabis store licenses must be the same
Subject: Column by Christopher Foulds, KTW Editor, April 27 (‘Cconfusing policy on cannabis, alcohol’):
I think the City of Kamloops is presumptuous in deciding that cannabis store operators should pay more for their business licenses.
They are governed by laws just like alcohol (sales are in the hands of the same watchdog), but are charged 25 times more for a business license in Kamloops – $5,000 a year for cannabis stores and 196 $ per year for liquor stores.
Cannabis is less addictive and not a gateway substance.
Cannabis users have no chance of poisoning, no chance of overdose, and cannabis is far from the societal implications created by alcohol consumption.
You never hear of a stoned fight outside of cannabis stores or of people getting violent from using the substance.
Kamloops Council must stop penalizing new businesses with prohibitive licensing fees. Business license fees for liquor store and cannabis store licenses must be the same.
Prejudices towards one substance rather than another must end.