Article by Ron Seymour, The Kelowna Daily Courier
It’s high time to force the closure of pot shops in downtown Westbank, city and police officials say.
A new bylaw intended to curb the proliferation of stores selling so-called medicinal marijuana will be considered Tuesday by West Kelowna council.
The proposed regulations set strict limits on where and how marijuana-growing businesses could operate in the future with the expected legalization of the drug.
But as they currently exist, police say unequivocally, the Main Street pot stores are flouting the law.
“There is no such thing as having tolerance for marijuana dispensaries,” says West Kelowna RCMP Staff Sgt. Lesli Roseberry. “Simply put, these dispensaries are illegal.”
It is illegal to sell marijuana to the public, Roseberry says, whether or not the buyer has a licence to use the drug.
“Owners or employees of a medical marijuana dispensary may be charged with trafficking in a controlled substance should evidence exist to support a charge,” Roseberry says. “Business operators who choose to conduct their operations outside of these laws may be investigated.”