Vancouver Public to Have Input On Marijuana Dispensaries

The public will have a chance to give their input on Vancouver’s proposal to regulate the growing number of pot shops after city council decided April 28 to send the issue to public hearing.

The move, which is unprecedented by a Canadian municipal government, came after city manager Penny Ballem outlined a series of regulations to ensure the city has some control over the 85 pot shops.

Regulations call for an annual $30,000 licence fee for dispensary operators, criminal record checks and keeping pot shops 300 metres from schools and community centres.

“At this point, there’s too many,” said Ballem, who showed a map of the pot shops, most of which are downtown and east of Cambie Street. “We need to bring this into the best framework that’s possible under the circumstances.”

The circumstances are complex and related to current laws that exist in Canada where a person can obtain marijuana for an illness, if prescribed by a doctor.

– Read the entire article at Business in Vancouver.