CANNABIS CULTURE – The mayor of Chilliwack, British Columbia is dishing out daily fines to a medical marijuana dispensary and it’s landlords in an attempt to force them to close.
“I can’t speculate on why they’re remaining open,” Mayor Sharon Gaetz told the Chilliwack Progress. “They’re obviously not in compliance with the laws of Canada.”
The Progress reports that WeeMedical Marijuana Dispensary Society “has received notice of a daily fine of $1000 for operating without a business license. The business’s two landlords are each receiving $500 daily fines, for a total of $2000 per day.”
The dispensary, which held its grand opening on March 19, was greeted by a supportive community but immediately received a frosty reception from Chilliwack City Hall.
WeeMedical has refused to close and “was still busy with customers and circulating a petition for support” on Tuesday, although the mayor said, “we cannot work together with an illegal company.”
The illegality of marijuana dispensaries hasn’t stopped other municipalities like Vancouver from taking a stab a regulating the growing industry.
Vancouver officials have given med-pot shops in the city deadlines of no later than April 29 to close their doors if not part of the new regulation scheme.
Of the 176 applications for dispensaries submitted to the city, only six have been approved for development permits. Andreea Toma, director of licensing and property-use inspections for the City of Vancouver, said 17 more are “under various stages of review and on their way to likely approval,” according to the Georgia Straight.
Weeds dispensaries are under threat of legal action in in Abbotsford, B.C., where the city is seeking an injunction to shut them down. Owner Don Briere has vowed to remain open no matter what the court decides.