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West End residents fight planned vape shop, which aims to sell legal cannabis

The shop on Oxford St. plans to also sell marijuana once its legalized come July 1
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Residents of a West End neighbourhood have started a petition calling on the municipality to reject an occupancy permit for a new vape shop. 

The shop on Oxford St. plans to also sell marijuana once its legalized come July 1. 

Longtime resident Wendy Ward lives just down the road from the abandoned building, and she tells Global News that residents started asking questions after hearing construction noises at night.

"One of our neighbours phoned the city, planning and development, and found they had an application in for a permit to operate a vape store," said Ward. 

Not only would it be a vape shop, but the city says it also has plans to sell marijuana once it becomes legalized. However, federal law says only licensed producers can sell marijuana, with only one under construction in the province in Truro. 

That's why the city has thus far declined the business an occupancy permit. 

A petition has since been launched by members of the neighbourhood gathering a few hundred signatures so far, but Ward says they're not judging those who vape or smoke marijuana.

"We feel that like alcohol, it's a personal choice," Ward told Global. "But we feel it is not appropriate in a residential area."

There's no time frame available for when the store plans to open. 

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