BANFF – A cannabis retail giant’s move to shut down a local pot vendor has been tossed out by Banff’s development appeal board amid arguments the case was simply about eliminating a competitor.

Alcanna Inc., an established cannabis retailer that owns Nova Cannabis, has a permit to open up in the basement of Sundance Mall, but appealed approval of Banff’s only street-level cannabis retail store at 203B Bear St., arguing it violated sections of Banff’s land use bylaw.

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