BY AMY REID, SURREY NOW
WHITE ROCK - HEMPYZ Gifts and Novelties has been granted a business licence in White Rock, despite staff recommending that council deny the application.
Staff recommended White Rock city council "refuse" to grant the business licence by unanimous vote, but after Councillors Helen Fathers and Louise Hutchinson voted to allow it, the business got its wish.
A business licence can only be denied if council votes unanimously against it, explained Fathers.
Before the meeting, Fathers said the staff recommendations were a "disgrace" and added that she was embarrassed it was even an item up for question.
"I think there's the old things that a lot of people associate hemp with marijuana. But this wasn't about marijuana," Fathers said Tuesday. "I don't know if there's perhaps a bit of the fear factor going on."
Fathers said she is glad to see the business owner get the licence.
"All the power to him," she said. "He's going to be a business man in White Rock." Read more »