Article by Bill Cleverley, Times Colonist
It may be acceptable to hand out puppies on a first-come, first- served basis, but the same can’t be said for marijuana dispensary licences, Vancouver lawyer Robert Laurie told Victoria councillors this past week.
Laurie was speaking on behalf of Dominic Truong, who wants to open a dispensary called Pure Releaf at 510-512 Yates St.
His application for rezoning and licensing was deferred because another dispensary — Trees, already operating at 546 Yates St. — is located in the same block and applied for licensing first.
Under city policy, dispensaries are not to be located within 200 metres of each other.
Truong filed his application about a month after the Trees application was filed, Laurie said.
“Quick and easy solutions such as a first-come, first-served policy might work if you’re giving away a puppy, but I think the regulation of dispensaries is certainly more complicated than that,” he said.
Laurie noted that the policy allows council latitude, saying a reduced distance might be warranted in locations such as a large urban village, town centre or downtown.