Article by Joelle Kovach, The Peterborough Examiner
The downtown isn’t getting a medical marijuana dispensary after all.
GW Weed Emporium was supposed to open Sept. 1, on George Street next to Minh’s Chinese Grocery.
But a new handwritten sign was posted in the empty storefront window Tuesday night stating the store isn’t opening after all.
“GW Weed Emporium regrets to inform you we will not be opening, due to Health Canada’s new regulations which commence Aug. 24,” the note reads.
As of Wednesday, Health Canada has newly revised rules to govern the use of medical marijuana. It’s the first update to the rules in three years.
Patients who have a prescription for marijuana are allowed to grow a limited amount of weed for their own use, or designate someone else to grow it for them.
But storefront marijuana dispensaries are still illegal because they aren’t getting weed from a legal source, making it potentially unsafe.
The owners of GW Weed Emporium hoped Health Canada was about to change that rule about marijuana dispensaries being illicit, the note says.