More Than 70 Per Cent of Vancouver Pot Shops Violate Proposed Rules

More than 70 per cent of the marijuana-related businesses in Vancouver are in violation of proposed new city rules that would limit how close they can be to schools, community centres or each other.

According to an analysis by The Vancouver Sun, of the 84 pot shops in the city, 61 (72 per cent) are within 300 metres of a school, community centre, neighbourhood house or another marijuana-related business.

That would not be permitted under new rules the city has proposed to try to regulate the city’s expanding number of medical marijuana dispensaries.

In a report to council published last week, city staff indicated there are now “over 80 confirmed marijuana-related businesses” in the city, a fourfold increase since 2012 when the federal government changed the rules for how medical marijuana users can buy their medicine. In the last four months alone, 20 new shops have opened.

– Read the entire article at Vancouver Sun.