Those medical dispensaries that haven’t been successful in Vancouver‘s licensing program have until this Friday to shut down, including those still waiting for their chance to appeal their initial rejection from the city.
“People who are waiting for their board of variance hearing, they will have to shut in the meantime,” Jang said.
There are dozens of dispensaries waiting to appeal the city’s initial refusal of their application at the Board of Variance, with the next meeting scheduled for May 4.
The city will begin inspections of shops immediately on Apr. 29, said Jang.
“The pot dispensaries know that this is coming, this is not new, our staff have been preparing for it for several months now,” he said.
Jag said city staff will begin by serving dispensaries with notices and orders but fines could reach up to $10,000 a day for businesses that refuse to shut down, with court injunctions backed by police if necessary.
Jang said the city isn’t going to wait for the federal government to move forward with regulations.
“The federal government is going to be at least a year before they even table some draft legislation, it will take another year for it to get through parliament,” Jang said. “This is what we’re going to do for the next two years until the federal law is actually enacted, and then, at that point, we’ll revisit the city bylaws.”
Dispensaries that have received a development permit:
1316 Kingsway — MPN Health Society
2894 E Broadway — BC Pain Society
1193 Main St — The Herb Co.
2179 W 4th Ave — Buddha Barn
4545 W 10th Ave — Wealth Shop Society
6416 Main St — The Healing Center
3439 Kingsway — Eden Medicinal
Dispensaries that have received a conditional permit:
1357 East 41st Avenue — Stressed and Depressed Association
1404 East 57th Avenue — The Green Room Society
511 West 7th Avenue — Apple Health Society (Eden Medicinal)
3615 West 17 Ave — Apollo Medical Society
3150 Cambie Street — Westcoast Medicann Society
1501 Commercial Drive — EVO Medi Society
8061 Fraser Street — Medicinal Express
2768 Kingsway — Medicinal Express
1745 Nanaimo Street — The Herb Co.
1605 Renfrew Street — Urban Earth Med Society
208 E 16th Ave — Eggs Canna Inc.
4296 Main St — The Green Cross Society
205 SE Marine Dr — Medical Mary-Jane Canada Society
4520 Victoria Dr — Karuna Health Foundation
Dispensaries that have had their initial rejection overturned by the Board of Variance: