Article written by Sarah MacDonald for CTV Vancouver
Last year, the City of Vancouver became the first municipality in Canada to adopt regulations governing medical marijuana dispensaries, but in the 13 months since the city council adopted the bylaws, it has found that making rules for where the drug can be sold is the easy part. Actually enforcing them is another matter entirely.
On Monday, the city will file injunctions against 10 pot shops that are in violation of its regulations. It’s the second wave of court-ordered closures the city has sought. It filed 17 injunctions in May.
“What the city is doing is within our jurisdiction, which is land use and business licensing,” said Andreea Thoma, chief licensing inspector for City of Vancouver. “My expectation of all business that is being conducted in this city is that they conduct themselves in compliance with the regulations.”
The city’s bylaw requires medical marijuana dispensaries to obtain a business license in order to operate, but it prohibits them from obtaining such a license if they are located within 300 metres of schools, community centres, neighbourhood houses, or other dispensaries.