The City of Vancouver’s new regulations governing medical marijuana dispensaries announced Wednesday include an outright ban within the Granville Entertainment District.
That isn’t sitting well with dispensary owners who operate there.
President and CEO of Vancity Weed, Krystian Wetulani, says he’s concerned both of his shops will be shut down, because of new location requirements.
“Oh absolutely, it’s going to take a lot of money to move, and we are going to have to break out of our leases as well, so that might be a penalty.”
“Some of the regulations we don’t agree with like the edibles, and maybe even Granville Street, and not allowing stores to be on Granville Street, because we have numerous patients that rely on us on a daily basis that are probably going to have to walk a bit further and may not get the experience that we provide.”
Charles Gauthier with the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association says while he opposes regulating illegal pot shops; he’ll role with the punches.
“Now that there is a regulatory framework, we will work with city staff to ensure those regulations are being followed.”
“We’re going to role with the punches here so to speak. We are going to ensure that the rules are being followed. That those dispensaries that are now in the exclusionary zones or within the 300m buffer of schools or community centers, that the city does pursue enforcement.”
Areas within the Downtown Eastside and on Pender Street are also designated “no-go” zones.