Article by Katie Derosa, Times Colonist
The City of Langford has filed a civil injunction to once again shut down Green Tree Medical Dispensary, continuing an effort to block pot shops looking to gain a foothold in the municipality.
“We have filed the civil action on behalf of the City of Langford and the legal action has commenced,” Troy DeSouza, a lawyer at Dominion GovLaw LLP, told the Times Colonist on Tuesday.
DeSouza said bylaw enforcement officers plan to serve the injunction to the dispensary today.
The business has 21 days to respond and if it contests the injunction, the matter could end up before the courts.
If the court finds the business is in breach of Langford’s bylaws, it will make an order to cease operations. “Our position is that the bylaws apply equally to all businesses and that this is simply a business that needs to be regulated,” De Souza said.
Langford bylaw enforcement officers have already issued a stop-work order that could see the business fined $200 a day for operating without a business licence.
Employee Harley Thompson told the Times Colonist that the dispensary will pay the fine as a cost of doing business.