B.C. Health Minister Backs Vancouver’s Pot Dispensary Changes

B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake is backing Vancouver over the federal government in the city’s bid to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries over Ottawa’s objections.

“I understand why Vancouver has done what they have done, because of the vacuum created by the federal government,” Mr. Lake told reporters in Victoria on Wednesday, making his first comments on the controversial issue.

“I think they are operating in the interests of their citizens and at least putting some regulatory framework in their city and, as our public health officers have said, they think they are doing it for the right reasons.

“And until Ottawa changes the regulatory environment, cities and municipalities are left to do that.”

Mr. Lake’s comments put him at odds with his federal counterpart, who has used a pair of letters – one co-signed by federal Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney – to call on the city to abandon its plans because they could facilitate youth access to marijuana.

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