Article by Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight
As the Liberal government prepares to legalize marijuana, one Vancouver entrepreneur says he has no alternative but to close two of his pot shops.
Today (January 26), Weeds Glass and Gifts Ltd. shut down its storefront operation at 1952 West 4th Avenue.
Owner-operator Don Briere told the Straight by phone that he did this because the city is fining him $1,000 per day. The fines have been imposed because this Weeds store is not in compliance with the city’s marijuana-dispensary bylaw.
He also said that he’s going to close another store at 1232 Burrard Street by the end of January because the building’s strata council won’t allow it to remain.
“It hurts me every time I have to lay somebody off because they want to work,” Briere told the Georgia Straight by phone.
Weeds still operates marijuana stores on West Broadway, Main Street, Richards Street, Victoria Drive, and in Victoria.