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Unlicensed Marijuana Dispensaries In Vancouver To Face Forceful Closures

Vancouver May Be First Canadian City To Regulate Marijuana Dispensaries

The final days of business are looming for the majority of unlicensed marijuana dispensaries in Vancouver.

Among the 176 dispensaries that applied for a business license, only 14 were successful. The remaining 162 have until Friday, April 29 to close down shop and avoid action from the City of Vancouver.

According to Councillor Kerry Jang, dispensaries were given up to two month warnings, and bylaw officers will be out in full force on April 29 and 30.

“Enforcement can range from anything from letters and orders all the way through to fines that can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars,” said Jang said.

Fines can reportedly reach up to $10,000 per day, and court injunctions enforced by the Vancouver Police Department. Jang also addressed the federal government moving forward with pot-legalization, and said it will be at least two years until the law until it is actually enacted.

“The only people who are okay are those who are actually in the development permit stage or have been given an exemption by the board of variance. People who are waiting for their board of variance hearing, they will have to shut in the meantime.” adds Jang.

Despite the notice, many pot shops plan to fight to the end, with several already launching appeals and refusing to shut down by the weekend.

Meanwhile, corporate stores including London Drugs and Shoppers Drug Mart are eyeing their own approval to begin selling medical marijuana.

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