Article by CBC News
The City of Victoria is preparing to launch legal action against pot shops that aren’t following municipal rules.
Regulations for pot shops went into effect in the fall of 2016 and according to city clerk Chris Coates, owners of most of those stores have applied for the necessary business licences and zoning.
However, there are still 16 which have not.
“As long as people are moving in the right direction, then the city isn’t taking action,” Coates told All Points West guest host Megan Thomas. “It’s those that aren’t that are going to have the nudge to move that forward or have us consider taking further action against them.”
Coastes says after consultation with pot shops and before regulations were rolled out, it was hoped there would be a higher degree of compliance.
He says the next steps will be for city staff to make contact with the owners of the 16 stores in question and advise them to get into the rezoning and licensing process “in short order.”
He says if they refuse to do so, the city could begin seeking court injunctions to shut them down.