Victoria Fines First Pot Shop Under New Licensing Regime

Article by Katie Derosa, Vancouver Sun

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A pot shop has been given the first fine under the City of Victoria’s new rules aimed at marijuana retailers, and it plans to fight the penalty.

Green Ceiling was fined $500 on Friday for allowing cannabis consumption on site, which is contrary to the business licensing requirements that took effect on Sept. 23.

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps said the marijuana dispensary community has been heavily involved in developing the regulations. “So we expect businesses to comply with the new bylaw and those who don’t will be fined. (Friday) was an indication that we mean it.”

Helps said the majority of dispensaries are working hard to come into compliance. “I’m very happy with the level of seriousness with which many of the dispensary owners are taking this new regulatory regime.”

Other requirements include: operating hours restricted between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. and a maximum of two display signs without any images.

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