Vancouver Pot Shops Should Be Shut Down, Says Canadian Health Minister

Mayor Gregor Robertson says Vancouver’s proposed regulations for retail marijuana stores are “common sense” and are designed to protect children.

Robertson was responding to comments made earlier Friday by Health Minister Rona Ambrose, who called on the mayor to reject regulation and instead close down more than 80 street stores.

“The federal laws and courts have ruled on this,” Robertson said. “They exist because they are allowed to exist. We can’t let them operate in a vacuum.”

Speaking earlier Friday, Ambrose had reiterated her position that regulation of the businesses would legitimize them.

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