I find it ironic that our town is looking to limit stores that sell natural therapeutic plant products (which you can grow in your own backyard), yet seems willing to welcome multiple fast food shops which are proven to be detrimental to one’s health.
Aside from the irony, it’s important to take note that these pot shops are mostly locally owned and operated and give back to the community.
As Sooke continues to grow and be identified as one of the fastest growing towns in B.C., it’s inevitable that non-local business owners and corporations will be attracted to place franchises here.
Corporations and franchise owners are not concerned with anything other than profit.
District council has a unique opportunity to create Sooke as a tourism destination.
If our town fills up with franchise stores and strip malls, the character is lost and Sooke will resemble Duncan. Towns like Tofino, Qualicum, and others took action early to preserve their town, Sooke should do the same.
It is important to protect the image of the town and promote local small businesses because locals have a vested interest – we live here!