Letter: City skewed raw data from cannabis survey

Results show support six stores, if not more

While the cty of Nelson did well to reach out to residents with the recent survey on cannabis and possible local regulations, there is a commonly stated fact that I think they have wrong. It’s being reported that most people prefer a maximum of four stores in Nelson. However, even a quick look a the raw data on the city website (difficult to find), shows that to be a skewed reading of the results.

They seem to have removed all responses that supported ‘no restriction’ on the number of stores. When included, it’s clear that other than at the mall, where people were almost evenly split about a store, there is very strong support for one or more stores in all other locations. I’m not pushing for more stores, only for presenting the data in a more transparent manner. The data easily supports the six stores in place now, if not more.

Gary Ockenden,

Nelson

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