Marijuana Dispensary Owner Loses Business License

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A Penticton coffee shop owner who notoriously sells marijuana out of Rush In and Finish Café had his business license cancelled on Tuesday.

Jukka Laurio pleaded in front of council on Tuesday to allow his business to continue selling cannabis, saying there is a demand from consumers with ailments.

Laurio said city officials should try to regulate the industry, instead of cancelling his business license.

“I don’t mind the rules and regulations. I want those things; it would make me feel much safer. It would make everybody feel much safer. We could actually improve and expand the services and quality of the products that are provided for the people of the City of Penticton,” he said.

“Think about it because it is going to happen eventually, why not take control now?”

In a 5-2 vote, city council decided to cancel Laurio’s ‘Food & Beverage – Coffee/Doughnut Shop – Coffee Shop & Café’ license.

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