“The win is fabulous for all of us.” said Don Briere, owner of Weeds Glass and Gifts.
Briere is being taken to court by the city of Abbotsford for operating without a business licence. The city has said it won’t give licences to businesses dealing in an illegal substance.
Briere thinks the potential policy shift will help his chances of staying open for business. “Now we can negotiate.” Briere said.
In Vancouver, the Liberal win is welcome news for Budzilla dispensary owner Rejean Houle, although he’s not sure his situation will change.
It’s not known when legalization will be introduced or how the system will work, and that is causing concerns.
“Ushering in legalization is a progressive step forward for our country,” said patient’s rights activist Jason Wilcox. “But I’m concerned about protecting a free and fair market.”
Wilcox fears big business may push small growers and entrepreneurs out, pointing to the Liberal party’s connection to one of the country’s largest licensed producers.
“Chuck Rifici is the CFO of the Liberal Party, and he’s also the co-founder of Tweed (now known as Canopy Growth Corporation)” Wilcox points out. “It makes me wonder if the new federal government will cater to the big licensed producers, and leave no room for mom-and-pop businesses.”