Hamilton Rally Supports Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Article by Nicole O’Reilly, Hamilton Spectator

Medical marijuana dispensary owners, employees and patients gathered outside city hall Wednesday morning in protest of the city’s crackdown against the businesses and to call for regulation.

Medical marijuana dispensary owners, employees and patients gathered outside city hall Wednesday in protest of the city’s crackdown against the businesses and to call for regulation.

The rally was organized in response to “cease and desist” letters sent out by the city to 17 medical marijuana dispensaries last week.

The letters cited zoning infractions and come with a warning of fines up to $50,000, plus up to $25,000 per day after conviction.

“We’re looking for dispensary regulation,” Britney Guerra, owner of Cannabis Culture on King Street East, said while waving a giant Canadian flag with a marijuana leaf in the centre as cars drove past honking on Main Street West.

She pointed to regulations in other municipalities, such as Vancouver — where Cannabis Culture began — as examples of what could be done. “It worked well there.”

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