Article by Joe Fries, Penticton Herald
The owner of a Penticton marijuana dispensary is now feeling the burn from his decision to do business without proper permits.
Jukka Laurio applied to the city in December for a non-profit registration that would allow the Association for Medical Marijuana Awareness to operate out of the same building as his Herbal Green dispensary on Westminster Avenue.
The purpose of the association is to “collect, organize and disseminate information about medicinal cannabis products,” according to its submission to the city.
But the non-profit registration, which would allow the group to carry out other activities such as promotions and fundraising, was rejected by city staff due to the planned co-habitation with the dispensary.
“In order to get to the non-profit office, patrons would be required to gain access through the illegal dispensary,” explains a staff report, which goes on to note that “issuing the registration would give the appearance that the city has approved all activities taking place on these premises.”