As Vancouver moves to crackdown on illegal pot shops, the city’s Chief Licensing Inspector says for-profit dispensaries won’t be able to skirt the licensing fees by appearing to be a compassion club.
Andreea Toma says there are strict requirements for compassion clubs, which only have to pay a $1,000 licensing fee, compared to the $30,000 fee for retail shops.
“For profit business would not qualify, all the members have to be voting members, and it has to be run through a board. They can only serve their members, so again they wouldn’t be able to produce retail availability type of for profit business. So I think they are quite strict guidelines and requirements.”
Toma says dispensaries have to remove edibles from sale immediately, and indoor smoking is banned.
The city is hosting two information sessions on July 30th and August 10th to inform the industry of the licensing process.