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Vancouver Councillor Wants Monthly Reports on Cost of Dispensary Enforcement

Vancouver city councillor Melissa De Genova has put forward a motion for city staff to prepare monthly reports on the cost of shutting down dispensaries.

The motion, which will go before council next week, asks staff to keep track of the number of by-law officers employed in shutting down dispensaries, the monthly cost of enforcement actions, the number of fines issued, the cost of city legal services, and the number of dispensaries in the city when considering those that both open and close.

According to the city’s latest numbers, almost $20,000 worth of tickets have been issued to dispensaries that are in violation of the city’s regulatory program and 28 medical dispensaries have voluntarily shut their doors, with another 62 others required to do so still in operation.