Dear Editor:

I'm writing to clarify that the full board of trustees for School District 23 has in fact not come to any official conclusion or recommendation regarding the proposed BC Cannabis shop in West Kelowna.

In preparation for an informed and rational board discussion on this matter, I have been reviewing historic school board decisions as well as reading all relevant research regarding youth addiction.

Youth safety is a primary responsibility for the school board. Our relationship with the City of West Kelowna is also valuable to the board, so this matter demands our mindful attention. We will discuss it further as a full board at our next public meeting.

I encourage any interested members of our community to attend our next public school board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m.