It’s been almost two years since Vancouver city councillors adopted new pot-shop regulations, but after dishing out more than 1,600 tickets, the city is still dealing with 57 marijuana retail businesses that are not abiding by the rules.
That doesn’t include the 38 dispensaries or compassion clubs that don’t have licences but are exempted from ticketing because they say they are going to put an application together, said Kathryn Holm, head of licensing at the City of Vancouver.
“[If] shops have not been fully compliant but they are working towards it, we have exempted them from enforcement.”
But the city’s patience for those businesses is waning and the licensing office may begin ticketing them too.
“We’re finding now that several of the shops in that stream are not actively working toward compliance,” Holm explained.