After four days of public hearings and more than 200 speakers, the City of Vancouver is ready to vote on proposed pot shop regulations Wednesday.
Most of the speakers are generally in favour of the regulations, but want some changes, like a reduced licensing fee, a grandfather clause for compassion clubs, and for the sale of edibles to be permitted.
Marijuana advocate Dieter Macpherson made that request Tuesday night..
“To strongly reconsider their stance on edibles, the Supreme Court decision is very clear that patients have a right to producer and access derivatives.”
UBC student Cameron O-Neil is just one of more than 200 people who’ve taken to the podium to speak to Vancouver’s proposed plan to regulate the exploding number of marijuana dispensaries in the city.
“There are people with stories of suffering and benefits of cannabis.”
O-Neil told council his brother died from a rare form of cancer and used cannabis for relief.
“He was smoking the marijuana; I just wish that he had access to some of the high quality medical derivatives, or edibles that are available here in Vancouver.”
If the plan goes ahead, 26 shops would be forced to close and 54 would have to move, because of a 300m location requirement from schools, community centers, and other dispensaries.