Nu­mer­ous ob­jec­tions to Cloud 9

MLA AND RES­I­DENTS DON’T WANT SMOKE SHOP TO OPEN IN NEIGH­BOUR­HOOD

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Su­sanne Reilly

EAST VIC­TO­RIA PARK VIC­TO­RIA Park MLA Ben Wy­att has raised con­cerns about an East Vic­to­ria smoke shop.

Cloud 9 Vic­to­ria Park opened on Etwell Street on July 3.

“I have some very se­ri­ous con­cerns about the open­ing of this Cloud 9 Store,” Mr Wy­att said.

“While the im­ple­ments be­ing sold are not in of them­selves illegal, it is very clear that the prod- ucts be­ing sold can be used to con­sume illegal drugs. Some of the other prod­ucts be­ing sold at Cloud 9 stores, such as detox kits and syn­thetic urine, also sug­gest that cus­tomers are us­ing il­licit sub­stances.

“This is a largely residential area, with three pri­mary schools within easy walk­ing dis­tance.

“I have had sev­eral res­i­dents con­tact me with con­cerns about the open­ing of such a store in the area.”

He called on the Gov­ern­ment to de­velop a com­pre­hen­sive state plan­ning pol­icy to al­low lo­cal gov­ern­ments to ex­er­cise ap­pro­pri­ate de­ci­sion-mak­ing around whether these sorts of stores can open in residential ar­eas. Un­der cur­rent reg­u­la­tions, the Town of Vic­to­ria Park can­not pre­vent the store as it com­plies with the Com­mer­cial Zon­ing.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Cloud 9 Vic­to­ria Park says the store does not sup­ply drugs or have any­thing to do with drugs.

“We are a to­bacco ac­ces­sories store. Ev­ery­thing we sell is for use with to­bacco. If any cus­tomer men­tions any dif­fer­ent we can’t sell our prod­ucts to them,” the rep­re­sen­ta­tive said.

Town chief ex­ec­u­tive An­thony Vuleta said the Town had re­ceived feed­back from sev­eral con­cerned res­i­dents op­posed to the Cloud 9 open­ing.

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