Councillors in the Metro Vancouver city of Richmond say they won’t permit pot shops no matter what model the federal government presents once it is legalized.

City Hall is considering a bylaw that would ban currently illegal cannabis dispensaries, which many other Canadian cities are controlling through business licenses, and local elected officials said they want it to continue even after it is legal.

“Legalization doesn’t mean to say we have to follow suit,” said councillor Bill McNulty told the Globe & Mail. “We want to keep a safe community. Just because the federal government is there doesn’t mean to say they always make good decisions.”

The federal Liberal government is expected to table legislation in the coming months that will legalize and regulate recreational cannabis use.

Earlier this week, city council received a committee recommendation to amend a bylaw that would not permit dispensaries in any zone of the city of 200,000, predominantly ethnic Chinese residents. The motion is expected to pass unanimously when city councillors vote on the motion next week.

Read the full story by reporter Vanessa Hrvatin here.

  • bob

    WELL HERE WE HAVE A CASE OF RECENT IMMIGRANTS HAVING A SAY IN BC POLITICS…..THIS IS A BIG PROBLEM AS MOST OF THEM HAVE NO HISTORY OR UNDERSTANDING OF OUR SOCIAL BELIEFS…

    IN THIS WORLD THERE ARE VERY FEW COUNTRIES THAT ALLOW RECENT IMMIGRANTS TO VOTE..OR TO COLLECT ASSISTANCE FROM THE COUNTRY THEY HAVE MOVED TOO..

    THIS IS A GOOD IDEA …NOBODY SHOULD BE ABLE TO VOTE UNLESS THEY HAVE BEEN BORN IN THAT COUNTRY NOR SHOULD THEY BE ALLOWED TO TAKE FINANCIAL AID ..UNLESS THEY PAY IT BACK….

    IF WE WISH TO HAVE A BC/CANADIAN SOCIETY WE NEED TO WAIT TILL THESE PEOPLE KNOW WHERE THEY LIVE AND HAVE SOME UNDERSTANDING OF OUR SOCIAL BELIEFS..NONE OF WHICH CAN BE LEARNED WITHOUT TIME SPENT IN OUR SOCIETY…

    RICHMOND DOES NOT EVEN ATEMPT TO DO THIS

    THE SIGNS THERE ARE MOSTLY IN CHNESE…THE PEOPLE SPEAK CANTONESE OR MANDARIN AND MOST HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO UNDERSTANDING OF OUR SOCIETY…

    THIS IS OF COURSE NOT TRUE OF ALL CHINESE IMMIGRANTS.I WAS AT A CANADA DAY CELEBRATION WITH MY CHINESE ASSOCIATES IN EDMONTON AND THEY WERE MORE CANADIAN THAN I AM…I AM FROM BC HAHAHAH NOT CANADA

    I HAVE DONE BUSINESS IN CHINA AND OTHER ASIAN COUNTRIES FOR 40 YEARS SO I KNOW OF WHO I SPEAK…DO NOT FORGET THEY HAVE A 3000 YEAR HISTORY AND LOOK AT US LIKE THE NEW FOOL ON THE BLOCK HAHAHAH

    THIS IS A QUOTE FROM MY ASIAN FRIENDS 40 YEARS AGO…”WE FEAR YOU NORTH AMERICANS BECAUSE THE WOMEN RUN YOUR SOCIETY WHICH MAKES YOU ILLOGICAL AND UNPREDICTABLE ””’ HAHAHA NOT MY OPINION I FEEL WOMEN MAKE THE BEST POLITICIANS IF THEY HAVE CHILDREN…

    MY FAMILY SETTLED RICHMOND [NOT CALLED RICHMOND THEN] MY FAMILY WAS THE 5TH TO SETTLE…TERRA NOVA FARM….AFTER THE GOVERNMENT EXPROPRIATED OUR FARMS FOR THE GOOD OF THE PUBLIC THEY’RE NICE ENOUGH TO NAME THE SUBDIVISION AFTER US..ASSHOLES…
    …RICHMOND IS SOME OF THE BEST FARMLAND IN THE WORLD AND WE HAVE DONE OURSELVES A HUGE DISSERVICE BY NOT KEEPING IT TO FEED OURSELVES…..STUPID AND WE WILL SUFFER FOR THAT AS WELL..PEOPLE NEED TO LIVE ON THE HILLS ..FOOD GROWN ON FARMLAND

    WE USED TO PRODUCE 75% OF OUR FOOD HERE NOW IT IS LESS THAN 30% AGAIN STUPID

    THE MAIN REASON WE GET SO MANY IMMIGRANTS IS THEY VOTE FOR WHICHEVER PARTY WAS IN POWER WHEN THEY ARRIVE..SO THE RACE IS ON HAHAHAH

    • http://www.simplehelp.net/ Ross McKillop

      Please move to the United States, you’ll love it there.

      • bob

        nah lived there for a decade when it was nice in the 70’s …..2 of my neighbours from the us..the good ones that escaped the draft…..now we have new group TRUMP REFUGEES…..HHA AT LEAST WE GET THE BETTER YANKS….

  • Shawn

    too bad theres already a pot shop in richmond selling to patients right now! LOL

  • bob

    very good

    ignore these people
    they do not have any rights to tell us what we can do to ourselves…more people jump off bridges than ever will or have died from Mj..so lets take down all the bridges..then people will jump from boat so lets drain the oceans…on and on it goes …what happened to treating people as adults capable of making their own decisions…..stupid as they are sometimes..