Article by James Miller, Penticton Herald
After multiple clashes with city hall, Jukka Laurio has agreed to shut down his Herbal Green medical marijuana dispensary effective immediately.
The pot advocate and two-time mayoral candidate was back in front of council again Tuesday for “illegally selling cannabis products without a licence.”
At the meeting, staff reviewed a detailed timeline which began with a new license being granted for 256 Westminster Ave. W. on Nov. 9, 2016, to operate a “food and nutritional retail store.” The string of events included a denial by the city on Feb. 28 to operate the business as a non-profit organization.
“He assured (city) staff that he was not selling cannabis. Staff were deceived by Mr. Laurio, clearly the products he’s selling have cannabis in them,” bylaw supervisor Tina Siebert told council.
Pot products and other items such as honey, which contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), were sold on the second floor of the building. The main floor has operated as a small cafe for the past four years.
Numerous tickets were issued to the business, and all were challenged by Laurio.
Siebert suggested a civil injunction through the Supreme Court but warned legal costs could range between $5,000 and $20,000.