Article by Jon Hiltz, Marijuana.com
To the dispensary owners in Toronto who wake up each day in the hopes that the police won’t raid their businesses: if it seems like the grass in Vancouver is greener, that’s because it is.
For only the second time in history, the City of Vancouver handed out a dispensary business license, this time to the great people at Urban Earth Medical Society. While they deserve great congratulations and lots of clients, it is a further example of the vast difference between the local Government and law enforcement’s tolerance of marijuana in British Columbia as opposed to Ontario.
In the City of Vancouver, the local government has issued rules and regulations for dispensaries. Meanwhile, in Toronto John Tory and the police department continue their medieval management approach by not agreeing to any licensing terms, putting off scheduled debates, and routinely raiding dispensaries instead of trying to find ways to do business in some sort of amicable framework.
“I’m not into the political side of things all I do is try to follow the rules,” said Lee Jackson, the Managing Director of the Urban Earth Medical Society. Jackson recognizes the historical significance of being the second marijuana business in Vancouver to receive a license, the first being the Wealth Shop. “We just followed the regulations and by-laws that they had and we found a place that was suitable.” Jackson goes on to point out that they don’t buy any products from anyone that isn’t licensed. “Our suppliers all have their licenses and that’s the only way we operate.”