A controversial Vancouver marijuana dispensary has opened its doors, despite continued protest from neighbours.
People living at a high rise on the 16-hundred block of Hornby Street are not happy that Canada Bliss Herbal Society has moved in.
Maxine Clough says they won’t stop until the residents’ are heard.
“We’ve sent them a letter. We’ve asked them to please reconsider his tenant.”
Clough says their insurance company says having the dispensary next door is too high of a risk to cover them.
“We’re all under the same umbrella. Same roof, same building, same ventilation system. The storage of marijuana…they back on to the rest of this building and they’re connected, their ventilation.”
The dispensary’s owners say the concerns are not widespread.
Canada Bliss Director Ryan Williams says a small minority of neighbours happen to be very vocal, and have received the attention of media.
“We’re going to operate with the utmost respect and courtesy to them. I’ve talked to a lot of the residents here and I thought it’s far more positive feedback than negative feedback. I think that we’re listening to the opinions of a couple of people who have made a really loud noise in the media.”
Williams says he’s taken steps to ensure he operates without negatively impacting the neighbourhood.
“We’re here to help people, not to hurt people. We love the community, we love the neighbourhood and we love the neighbours.”
He adds there are policies available to cover area residents’ insurance coverage concerns.
In fact, Williams says he has talked to his own insurance broker and that company is willing to help insure the building.
According to Williams, the problem is residents haven’t personally communicated their concerns to him.