Councillors will receive report that addresses regulation of city’s 35 known dispensaries
It’s a growing, and unlicensed, sector operating in the City of Victoria.
Every month it seems, new medical marijuana dispensaries are opening.
But later this week, Victoria’s city council will receive a report recommending major changes.
Even a dispensary client like Fred Thorne feels there are too many in the city.
“You have a pot shop down there, you have one right here.
And another one over there.”
“You think there are too many?”
“Way too many.
On Thursday, Victoria city staff will present a report to city council.
Its recommendations include requiring dispensaries to apply for rezoning and business licenses.
Trees Dispensary spokesperson Alex Robb says the changes will affect every dispensary.
“This is going to apply with everything to do with medical marijuana.
If it’s a medical marijuana retailer, a bakery in town.
I believe there is also zoning for on-site consumption places.”
The report states that of Victoria’s 35 known marijuana related businesses, 32 are in contravention of federal laws.
Robb says Trees Dispensaries anticipated the changes.
“I believe that all Trees locations are in compliance.
All of our staff are undergoing criminal record checks at this moment.
And that’s the last thing before we are sure that we’re in full compliance with the recommended regulations.”
In Vancouver, enforcement of the city’s bylaws began Saturday.
Donald Briere owns eight pot shops and found himself with 1500 dollars in tickets for his eight unlicensed operations.
“We’re going to try and work with them.
And if they don’t want to work with us, then we’ll bring it to the lawyers.”
If the report is passed by Victoria’s council, in the future dispensaries will have to meet a number of requirements that includes no consumption of marijuana products.
And they must have at least two employees working at all times or allow consumption of marijuana on the premises.