Green Thumbs-Up for Victoria’s Cannabis Dispensary Rules

Article by Deborah Wilson, CBC News


The City of Victoria has joined Vancouver in an unfamiliar role: regulating marijuana storefronts.

The Storefront Cannabis Retailer Rezoning Policy received final approval from City Council Thursday night.

As of Sept. 23, all pot dispensaries in the capital city must obtain a $5,000 business license and pass a complex rezoning process, at a cost of $7,500, in order to operate legally.

Dieter MacPherson, a board member for the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries, said the new rules appear fair so far.

“Absolutely, compared to Vancouver,” MacPherson told On the Islandhost Gregor Craigie. “By and large it’s mostly what dispensaries have asked for, “

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