As Port Coquitlam prepares to change a bylaw putting more onus on landlords, advocates of marijuana dispensaries say the changes are being made specifically to target them.
On Monday, city council will move to change an existing zoning bylaw, to allow punitive measures against landlords found renting out their properties for illegal purposes.
If approved, the amended bylaw would mean owners of residential and commercial properties could be fined for what their tenants are doing.
“Currently, our bylaws only allow us to give fines to the businesses if they’re doing something illegal or running without a business licence,” Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore told CTV News Saturday.
“What we’re going to do on Monday night is keep that, but also include the land owners. We think the land owners have some responsibility in ensuring what goes on in their building actually is according to bylaws and the laws of this country.”
Moore said the city has had complaints from neighbours of businesses conducting illegal activities, including the sale of cannabis, but all the businesses have to do is pay a fine, nothing prevents them from operating.